Sound Recording, "When the Saints Go Marching In"

Description (Brief)
Born in New Orleans in 1901, jazz musician Louis Armstrong (d. 1971)was known for his distinctive trumpet-playing and vocal style. He often improvised jazz riffs using his voice rather than his instrument, “scatting” notes and melodies rather than singing actual words. Armstrong transformed traditional church songs like “When the Saints Go Marching In” into jazz melodies fit for brass bands. Nicknamed Satchmo, short for “satchel-mouth,” he helped popularize the solo performance in jazz music. His musical style influenced singers Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sound recording
date made
recording artist
Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
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accession number
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Lucy C. Shain in memory of James Lewis Shain
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