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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong jazz concert, c. 1956-57

When Louis Armstrong gave a jazz concert at UC in the 1956-57 academic year, few students probably appreciated the depth of the educational experience they were receiving. The gravel-voiced trumpet player had such a profound effect on 20th century music that PBS documentarian Ken Burns said, “He is to music what Einstein is to physics, and what the Wright brothers are to travel.”

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