Caption: A young Louis Armstrong., Credit: Getty Images
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Louis Armstrong: 'The Man and His Music,' Part 1

From: NPR Music
Series: Jazz Profiles
Length: 54:00

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It is hard to overstate the incredible reach of Louis Armstrong. The music he made touched everyone who heard it, and revolutionized American entertainment in ways we can still hear today.

He did it with the force of his talent: as a singer, trumpeter, composer, author, actor and bandleader. His virtuosity remains unparalleled, his innovative importance unmatched. And he transcended racial barriers to become an American ambassador to the world.

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It is hard to overstate the incredible reach of Louis Armstrong. The music he made touched everyone who heard it, and revolutionized American entertainment in ways we can still hear today.

He did it with the force of his talent: as a singer, trumpeter, composer, author, actor and bandleader. His virtuosity remains unparalleled, his innovative importance unmatched. And he transcended racial barriers to become an American ambassador to the world.

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23:11 OC: ...National Public Radio.
23:12 Music Break (:55)
24:06 IC: By 1922 Louis was on his way...
53:59 OC: ...NPR dot org slash Jazz Profiles.