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33 Louis Armstrong Quotes: The Satchmo

Louis Armstrong as an American trumpeter and vocalist. 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.

Louis Armstrong is considered the leading trumpeter and one of the most influential artists in jazz history, who helped develop jazz into a fine art. The most popular Louis Armstrong song today is “What A Wonderful World”. He received many accolades including three Grammy Award nominations and a win for his vocal performance of Hello, Dolly! in 1964. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

This is a collection of Louis Armstrong Quotes on Jazz, Love and playing.

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. Louis Armstrong
Don't do nothing halfway, else you find yourself dropping more than can be picked up. Louis Armstrong
Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be a gasser. That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying. Louis Armstrong
I'm a spade, you're an ofay. Let's play. Louis Armstrong
There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them. Louis Armstrong
A lotta cats copy the Mona Lisa, but people still line up to see the original. Louis Armstrong
There's only two ways to sum up music; either it's good or it's bad. If it's good you don't mess about it, you just enjoy it. Louis Armstrong
If ya ain't got it in ya, ya can't blow it out. Louis Armstrong
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Louis Armstrong
My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn. Louis Armstrong
There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them. Louis Armstrong
There's some folks, that, if they don't know, you can't tell 'em. Louis Armstrong
To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question! Louis Armstrong
Each man has his own music bubbling up inside him. Louis Armstrong
There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em. Louis Armstrong
Never play a thing the same way twice. Louis Armstrong
What we play is life. Louis Armstrong
It ain't whatcha say, it's the way howcha say it. Louis Armstrong
My life has always been my music, it's always come first, but the music ain't worth nothing if you can't lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, 'cause what you're there for is to please the people. Louis Armstrong
If it hadn't been for Jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll. Louis Armstrong
Love is talkative passion. Louis Armstrong
Not too slow, not too fast. Kind of like half-fast. Louis Armstrong
You either have it or you don't. You play your horn just like you sing a song or a hymn. If it's in your heart, you express yourself in the tune. Louis Armstrong
I don't need words. It's all in the phrasing. Louis Armstrong
You blows who you is. Louis Armstrong
The Bright Blessed Day, the Dark Sacred Night. Louis Armstrong
The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell! Louis Armstrong
What a wonderful world. Louis Armstrong
You got to love to be able to play. Louis Armstrong
I've Got the World on a String. Louis Armstrong
If you don't understand it, don't mess with it. Louis Armstrong
It's getting almost so bad a colored man hasn't got any country. Louis Armstrong
Red beans and ricely yours. Louis Armstrong

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