About three years ago, I read a Louis Armstrong biography and while I was reading I began to listen to suggested recordings offered by the author (Thank G-d it was all available on youtube, incredible!) I fell in love with the sound of his horn and his phrasing, and his singing, and the child like joy he expressed when he played and sang. I’ve been listening to a lot of Louis since then and learned a good bit about him. Louis believed strongly that the audience was very much a part of the show, in this regard he is sometimes viewed more as an “entertainer” but i’ve gotten the sense that in many ways he felt that this is what he was put on this earth to do, to bring others happiness and joy through his music!
Below is a wiki bio as well as a beautiful story about Louis