Algiers in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
— Jazz Walk of Fame —
During his early years in New Orleans Louis Armstrong drew upon the entire spectrum of music associated with the city. He spent time following Joe Oliver in the "second lines” which accompanied brass bands. By the time he was sixteen, Armstrong was sitting in with Kid Ory's Creole Band, and he eventually replaced Oliver as Ory's cornetist. The recordings he made with Oliver's band in I923 became instant classics. He Joined Fletcher Henderson in New York in 1924. In November 1925 he was back in Chicago as Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven, launching a series of sessions moving beyond the New Orleans ensemble and placing the soloist in the spotlight. Armstrong's influence on jazz singing was equally pervasive. He continued to record and perform for the rest of his life, becoming an American cultural icon with hits in every decade, from "West End Blues” and "Ain't Misbehavin” in the 1920's to "Hello Dolly” and "What A Wonderful World” in the 1960's. Armstrong also appeared in numerous films, such as "New Orleans” with Billie Holiday in 1947 and "High Society” with
Armstrong during a visit to the Waif's home in 1931. He received his first formal training there as a youth.
Armstrong and his Nine (1931)
Armstrong worked on the riverboats from 1918-1920. After World War II he returned to the New Orleans combo format with the All Stars and during the 1950s made a number of international tours with this group for the State Department. In 1949 he was honored as King of Zulu during Mardi Gras and was the first jazz musician to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
Erected by New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment.
Location. 29° 57.132′ N, 90° 3.304′ W. Marker is in Algiers, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from Bounty Street near Delaronde Street when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Orleans LA 70114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Algiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Louis D. Armstrong (within shouting distance of this marker); Enslaved Africans (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Transatlantic Slave Trade to Louisiana (about 600 feet away); Algiers Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Algiers' Dry Docks (about 700 feet away); Hardy Residence (about 800 feet away); Duverjé Plantation (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Algiers.
More about this marker. Located on the Mississippi River Trail, on top of Levee, at northern terminus of Delaronde Street.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.