Musician Louis Armstrong playing trumpet

Louis Armstrong Quotes

Louis Armstrong influenced jazz to move towards solo instrumental improvisations in contrast to the group improvisational playing characteristic of Dixieland jazz. He was the most well known Jazz performer of his time and championed the introduction of Jazz to more mainstream audiences.

Image: Musician Louis Armstrong playing trumpet


“Making money ain’t nothing exciting to me. You might be able to buy a little better booze than the wino on the corner. But you get sick just like the next cat and when you die you’re just as graveyard dead as he is.”

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”

“There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.”

“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.”

“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.”

– Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

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Richard J. Chandler, BA, MA Bachelor of Arts-Music & Master of Arts-Psychology