Happy Birthday, Satchmo!

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This weekend is Satchmo Fest, the celebration of our most famous New Orleanian who brought the sound of jazz to the world, Louis Armstrong.

Louis 'Satchmo' ('Satchelmouth') Armstrong (1900 - 1971), the great jazz trumpeter and vocalist meets nine-year-old fan Enrico Tomasso from Leeds, who traveled to London Airport specially to see his idol, and played him a tune on the trumpet. October 27, 1970 (Getty Images)

Today, August 4th is also the birthday of Louis Armstrong, born in 1901, but it’s not the day he actually celebrated.  "Pops" considered July 4th his birthday and he always celebrated himself on the very same day we celebrate America.

A picture taken in 1970 shows American Louis Armstrong (R), the jazz trumpeter whose melodic inventiveness established the central role of the improvising soloist in jazz, playing with French trumpeter Maxime Saury. Armstrong died July 6, 1971. (Getty Images)

Today at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York, Louis’ birthday is celebrated on both July and August 4th. Happy birthday, Pops! We will never forget you!

Louis 'Satchmo' ('Satchelmouth') Armstrong (1900 - 1971), the great jazz trumpeter and vocalist. (Getty Images)


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