New Orleans, Louisiana.
He grew up In a poor family in a rough section of New Orleans. He started working at a very young age to support his family, singing on street corners for pennies, working on a junk wagon, cleaning graves for tips, and selling coal. His trips around the city Introduced him to all kinds of music, from the blues played in the Storyline wonky tones to the brass bands accompanying the New Orleans parades and funerals. The sic that surrounded him was a great source of Inspiration.A born musicals, Armstrong had already demonstrated his slang talents on the streets of the city and eventually taught himself to play the cornet. He received his first formal music Instruction In the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys, where he was allegedly confined for a year and a half as punishment for telling blanks Into the alarm on New Year’s Eve. On his off times he would go around to different clubs to listen to bands play.
A Jazz musician named Joe “King” Oliver saw him and was impressed at his attendance at so any of the local clubs he became Louis Armstrong mentor.When Oliver moved to Chicago, Armstrong took his place in Kid Rosy band, a leading group in New Orleans at the time. A year later, he was hired to work on riverboats that traveled the Mississippi. This experience enabled him to play with many prominent jazz musicians and to further develop his skills, learning to read and write music. In 1922, Oliver invited Armstrong to Chicago to play second cornet in his Jazz Band. As a member of Oliver’s band, Armstrong began his lifetime of touring and recording.In 924, he moved on to New York City to play with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra at the Roseland Ballroom.
Armstrong continued his touring and recording activities with Henderson group and also made recordings with Sidney Becket, Ma Rained, and Bessie Smith. In 1925, Armstrong returned to Chicago and made his first recordings as a band leader with his group Hot Five. From 1925 to 1928 he continued a rigorous schedule of performing and recording, which included Hobbies Jibes, the tune that Introduced scat singing to a wide audience and West End Blues, one of the most ammos recordings in early Jazz.During the next year, he performed in several U. S. States, Including California, where he made his first film and radio appearances. In 1932, he toured England for three months, and during the next few years, continued his extensive domestic and international tours.
In 1947, Armstrong formed a small band called the All-stars, a group of extraordinary players whose success revalidated mainstream Jazz. Throughout the sass and ass, he continued to appear In popular films and made numerous International tours.