Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971)
Daniel Louis Armstrong—trumpeter and singer—was one of the most important musicians in jazz and in twentieth-century music, beating seemingly insurmountable odds given his humble origins. He proved himself as the first vital jazz soloist and one of jazz's most creative innovators, winning worldwide appeal and achieving commercial success. Armstrong helped to transform the traditional collaborative improvisational New Orleans style into a sophisticated form of jazz featuring a star solo. Clearly a versatile musician, Armstrong was an active participant in a number of jazz cultures, including New Orleans. Continue . . .
Source: Collins, Willie. "Armstrong, Louis (1901–1971)." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, 2nd ed., vol. 1, St. James Press, 2013, pp. 133-135. From Gale Virtual Reference database.