After age five, Louis lives in a two room house near Liberty and Perdido Streets with his mother and sister, Beatrice (who was nicknamed Mama Lucy). "Forms a vocal quartet with three other boys and performs on street corners for tips.
The Karnofskys, a family of Russian Jewish immigrants, hires Louis to work on their junk wagon.
The records by Louis Armstrong and His Five–and later, Hot Seven–are the most influential in jazz.
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Purchases his first cornet with money loaned to him by the Karnofskys. Lives briefly with his father, William Armstrong, then returns to his mother.
Joe Oliver, one of the finest trumpet players in New Orleans, becomes Louis’s teacher and mentor.
By the end of the decade, the popularity of the Hot Fives and Sevens was enough to send Armstrong back to New York, where he appeared in the popular Broadway revue, “Hot Chocolates.” He soon began touring and never really stopped until his death in 1971.
The 1930s also found Armstrong achieving great popularity on radio, in films, and with his recordings.
There, under the tutelage of Peter Davis, he learned how to properly play the cornet, eventually becoming the leader of the Waif’s Home Brass Band.