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Wynton Marsalis Remembers Louis Armstrong: ‘His Spirit Permeated New Orleans’

May 11, 2015

Wynton Marsalis spoke with LIFE about jazz in New Orleans, and Louis Armstrong’s enduring impact on the city, its people and its music. Armstrong both came up in the music of the Big Easy—playing in church and in marching bands—and influenced it. “His spirit permeated New Orleans,” says Marsalis.