In reading POPS, I figured that I was going to fill in some of
the few gaps of my personal knowledge of Louis Armstrong. After
all, I told myself, I played trumpet for a third of my life, have
been a fan of jazz for nearly four decades, and actually own
several albums of Armstrong’s solo and collaborative works.
So, how much more could I learn about one of my musical heroes?
A lot, it turns out. My personal gaps were both many and
My perception of how Louis (never “Louie”) Armstrong