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New Orleans - Algiers: Robert E. Nims Jazz Walk of Fame - Louis D. Armstrong

This statue of Louis Armstrong, created and donated by Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, was unveiled by The Louisiana Music Commission and the New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration at the grand opening of the Robert E. Nims Jazz Walk of Fame in Algiers on August 25, 2003. The walk spans the levee from the Henry "Red" Allen Algiers ferry landing to DeArmas Street and includes 60 interactive French Quarter-style lamps showcasing audio vignettes on the music and lives of inductees.

 

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) known to many simply as Satchmo and widely recognized as the founding father of jazz, was born in a poor section of New Orleans known as “the Battlefield”. He moved to New York in 1924 to play with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, the top African American band of the day, switching from cornet to trumpet. He lived in New York on and off, settling in a house in Corona, with detours in Chicago, Los Angeles and Europe before finally settling in this house.

 

Beyond being an instrumentalist virtuoso, he also pioneered jazz style vocals and popularized scat style vocals, recording hit songs, many of which have become jazz standards, for five decades. His talent for improvisation helped the trumpet emerge as a solo instrument, but he was also a masterful accompanist and ensemble player. He was known as a tireless performer, averaging over 300 concerts a year. His celebrity extended beyond music, appearing in over 30 films.

 

Flushing Cemetery is bound by 46th Avenue, Pidgeon Meadow Road and Auburndale Lane. The non denominational cemetery opened its doors in 1853 as a result of the passage of a state law encouraging communities to establish burial grounds outside the populated vollage areas. It houses the funereal plots of jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, financier Bernard Baruch, and politician Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.

 

Algiers Point Historic District National Register #78001428 (1978)

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Taken on May 3, 2008