Louis Armstrong has had one of the biggest influences on contemporary music in the history of American musicians. Armstrong’s inimitable style influenced countless instrumentalists and vocalists, while he was alive and in the years since he has moved on. There are few places where his influence is celebrated and remembered like it is in his home town of New Orleans.

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 Wynton Marsalis, himself a New Orleans native, knows the tradition well and recently spoke with LIFE about Louis Armstrong, his life, and the tremendous impact he has had on trumpet players and musicians to date. Head over to Time to check out the story.


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