Armstrong's All-Stars weren't formally established until August 13, 1947. However, the band had already performed and/or recorded several concerts/sessions by then under that name: Louis Armstrong and His All Stars, May 17, 1947, at Town Hall, New York City (recorded by promoter Ernie Anderson; of which only 6 songs were initially released, the rest eventually released in full in 1983 by RCA France); Louis Armstrong and His All Stars, June 10, 1947 (4-track single, studio recording, Victor); and possibly NBC Radio Broadcast Transcription (radio), New York, NY; June 19, 1947, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City.

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Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. Around 1922, he followed his mentor, Joe "King Oliver" to Chicago to play in the Creole Jazz Band. In the Windy City, he networked with other jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend, Bix Biederbecke, and made new contacts, which included Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin. He earned a reputation at "cutting contests," and moved to New York in order to join Fletcher Henderson's band.

With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also very skilled at scat singing. Armstrong is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet playing. Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided at the time. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society which were highly restricted for black men of his era.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Satch Plays Fats: A Tribute to the Immortal Fats Waller Louis Armstrong 7
1989 Hipster's Holiday: Vocal Jazz and R&B Classics Various Artists 1
2013 American Jazz Standards Various Artists 1
2016 Ella & Louis Christmas Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1
Die Zeit - Legenden des Jazz Louis Armstrong 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Columbia Basic Library of Great Jazz Various Artists 1
1986 CBS Jazz Masterpieces - Sampler, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1986 Columbia Jazz Masterpieces - Sampler, Volume One Various Artists 1
1987 Compact Jazz: Best of Dixieland Various Artists 1
1987 Prime All-Time-Hits: Jazz and Blues Club, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1989 Louis Armstrong of New Orleans Louis Armstrong 1
1989 Hipsters' Holiday Various Artists 1
1989 How Blue Can You Get? - Great Blues Vocals in the Jazz Tradition Various Artists 1
1989 Jazzfeelings, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1989 Radio Classics of the ’50s Various Artists 1
1990 Schmuse-Jazz Various Artists 2
1990 The New Orleans Jazz Scene of the 50's Various Artists 1
1991 Legends of Jazz Various Artists 2
1992 De Pre Historie 1956 Various Artists 1
1992 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong 1
1993 Your Hit Parade: The Early '60s Various Artists 1
1994 Billboard Top Pop Hits - 1964 Various Artists 1
1994 Cocktail Hour Various Artists 1
1994 Jazz Café: The Blues Various Artists 1
1996 Marchin' to New Orleans Various Artists 1
1997 RCA Victor 80th Anniversary • The First Label In Jazz • Vol.3 1940-1949 Various Artists 1
1998 Jazz Greats, Volume 70: Kid Ory: Creole Bo Bo Kid Ory 1
1998 The Golden Age of Ragtime Various Artists 1
1999 Best of Swing Various Artists 1
1999 Greatest Hits of the Millennium: 50's Various Artists 1
1999 Jazzuela: Le jazz dans Marelle de Julio Cortázar Various Artists 1
1999 Romantic Jazz Various Artists 1
1999 The Best of the 50's and 60's Various Artists 1
2000 Hollywood Swing & Jazz Various Artists 1
2001 Swingin' Christmas Various Artists 1
2001 Christmas With A Kick II Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Jazz: The Forties Various Artists 1
2001 Pete Fountain Presents the Best of Dixieland Pete Fountain 1
2001 The History of Jazz: 100 Jazz Hits as Featured in the Celebrated TV Series Various Artists 1
2003 Giants of Swing Various Artists 1
2003 BD Jazz, Volume 2: Louis Armstrong / Camilo Sanin Louis Armstrong 1
2003 Legends Various Artists 1
2003 Artist’s Choice: Tony Bennett Various Artists 1
2003 Classic Jazz: The Great Vocalists Various Artists 1
2003 Legends Frank & Friends 2
2003 The Wonderful World of Swing Various Artists 1
2004 Barney's Bounce Barney Bigard 1
2004 The Chronological Classics: Louis Armstrong 1952-1953 Louis Armstrong 1
2005 Dixieland Jazz: This Was the Jazz Age Various Artists 1
2006 Gold Louis Armstrong 1
2006 Classic Jazz: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2006 First Class Jazz Louis Armstrong 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 100 (1954) Various Artists 1
2006 The Best of Swing Various Artists 1
2006 The Sound of Dixieland Various Artists 1
2007 The Essential Guide to Jazz Various Artists 1
2007 Here Comes Summer: 48 Summer Classics Various Artists 1
2007 One Night on Broadway with Irving Berlin Irving Berlin & Otto Gabos 1
2008 Bar Classics 8 Various Artists 1
2008 Je n'aime pas le jazz mais ça j'aime bien Various Artists 2
2009 Swing Time Various Artists 1
2010 Pure… Blues Various Artists 2
2010 Party Jazz Various Artists 1
2011 Ich mag keinen Jazz, aber das gefällt mir Various Artists 1
2011 The Rough Guide to Jazz Legends: Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong 1
2011 "Satchmo": Ambassador of Jazz Louis Armstrong 1
2011 Satchmo: The Louis Armstrong Collection Louis Armstrong 5 1
2011 The Complete Masters 1925–1945 Louis Armstrong 1
2011 Le Jazz de Noël : Les plus grands artistes interprètent les plus beaux airs de Noël Various Artists 1
2011 Night & Day: American Standards Various Artists 1
2011 Starbucks 40: A 40th Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
2012 Louis - The Best of Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong 1
2012 Music of Your Life Various Artists 1
2014 Gentlemen of Swing Nr.2 Various Artists 1
Essentiel Jazz Various Artists 1
Jazz Club Collection Various Artists 1
Louis and Sydney: Jazz Party 20 Various Artists 1
Noel Jazz Various Artists 1
Noël Jazz - Les Plus Beaux Airs de Noël par les plus grands artistes Various Artists 1
Playin' the Edge: Great Moments From the Heart of Jazz Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 “The Complete Town Hall Concert” 17 May 1947 Louis Armstrong 2
1992 Satchmo at Symphony Hall Louis Armstrong 2
2000 The Jazz Collection: Jazz Festival at Newport Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1954 The Glenn Miller Story The Universal‐International Orchestra 3
1956 High Society (1956 film cast) Cole Porter 5
2000 Joe Gould's Secret (Music From the Motion Picture) Evan Lurie 1
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Red, White & Blues Various Artists 1
2013 Blue Jasmine (Music from the Motion Picture) Various Artists 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 A224 Inside Music The Open University 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Summer Jazz Various Artists 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Bluebird Sampler '88 Various Artists 2
2006 History of Jazz 50’s–90’s Various Artists 1
2010 Trésors Jazz Various Artists 1
2011 The Very Best Of Christmas Various Artists 1

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