A unique biography of Louis Armstrong, the greatest of all Jazz musicians. Armstrong defined what it was to play Jazz. His amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and amazingly quick, inventive musical mind still dominate Jazz to this day and only Charlie Parker comes close to having as much influence on the history of Jazz as Louis Armstrong did. One of the first soloists on record, although he was preceded by Sidney Bechet, Louis was more responsible than anyone else for jazz changing from an ensemble-oriented folk music into an art form that emphasized inventive solo improvisations. His relaxed phrasing was a major change from the staccato style of the early '20s, helping set the stage for the swing era, and Armstrong demonstrated that it was possible to have both impressive technique and a strong feeling for the blues.