Riots to Renaissance: Louis Armstrong's early Jazz

Louis Armstrong with trumpet

Louis Armstrong

One of the most beloved jazz greats of all time, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong migrated to Chicago in the early 1920s. He lived in the Windy City on and off for the next decade, honing his musical craft — first as a precision cornet player and later as an energetic trumpeter. He created a new sound known as "scat" — singing nonsensical syllables in lieu of lyrics — using his voice as another instrument.

Listen to Come Back, Sweet Papa by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five, recorded in 1925: