Louis D. Armstrong
August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971
He was the first important jazz soloist and became its most influential musician. As a trumpet virtuoso, his highly imaginative, emotionally charged playing charted a future for jazz improvisation. Revered by his fans, the King of Jazz was appropriately crowned "King Zulu" in the 1949 Mardi Gras Zulu Parade.
Armstrong became an enduring figure in popular music displaying his distinctively phrased bass singing and engaging personality in a series of vocal recordings and film roles.
Referred to as “The American Goodwill Ambassador," Louis Armstrong, was THE JAZZMAN of his era and truly the most renowned American musician of the 20th Century.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment.
Location. 29° 57.148′ N, 90° 3.309′ W. Marker is in Algiers, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Algiers (here, next to this marker); Enslaved Africans (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Algiers' Dry Docks (about 600 feet away); Algiers Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Duverjé Plantation (about 700 feet away); The Great Fire of Algiers, 1895 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Transatlantic Slave Trade to Louisiana (approx. half a mile away); Visit Historic Algiers Point (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Algiers.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2018.