It’s hard to imagine how jazz would have developed from the 1920s to the 1970s without Louis Armstrong. His playing and his vocals were foundations to what followed.
He is a true jazz legend.
But he’s is, perhaps, underappreciated by modern fans of jazz because of developments in the last decade of his life when his single, Hello Dolly, knocked The Beatles off the top of the charts. He’d become a caricature.
Was his best time really back in the 1920s when he played with his Hot Five and Hot Seven bands?
That may have been when he as most innovative but he was making fine music in the 1940s and 1950s.
What Are The Best Live Albums By Louis Armstrong?
To find out the answer to the question about the best live albums, I have started a readers poll where you can help identify his greatest recorded live performances.
What Are The Best Live Jazz Albums Of All Time?
Please vote in my poll to find the best live jazz albums. While you may not have heard all of them, I see a vote as a recommendation to other readers.
What great live jazz albums have I missed?
You may also be interested in the poll to find the best light jazz, Rat Pack crooners and easy listening live albums.
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.
Live Album Polls For The Great Jazz Artists
I have polls for the following artists: – Louis Armstrong – Count Basie – John Coltrane – Miles Davis – Eric Dolphy – Duke Ellington – Dizzy Gillespie – Billie Holiday – Charles Mingus – Thelonious Monk – Charlie Parker – Lester Young –