Jazz has always been a music of heroes and myths, but there's no denying that one lone figure stands above the rest: Louis Armstrong. Satchmo, after all, was the first real luminary of this music, inspiring countless musicians to follow in his footsteps. His influence on jazz is indisputable. “No him, no me," Dizzy Gillespie once said.
In this special free digital download, we delve into the genius of Louis Armstrong and his enduring impact on today's music. We talk with seven of today’s top young trumpeters about how Satchmo influenced their craft — and why he matters now more than ever. And from the JAZZIZ vault, we bring you an essay by critic Scott Yanow on Armstrong's singular musical style, along with a list of must-have Armstrong recordings. We hope you enjoy this exclusive look into Satchmo's wonderful world.