"Louis Armstrong was born on August 4th, 1901 in New Orleans. Louis Armstrong the subject of the second painting in the Centennial Celebration Series, was especially challenging. Like most people I knew of Armstrong, however, I did not have any of his music in my collection. As always my research was extensive and exhaustive. I listened to his recordings, read a number of books, and poured over countless photographs.

I had decided early on that this series was going to have a nostalgic flavor, so with that in mind I chose to paint in brown tones. I immersed myself in "Satchmo's" (short for satchel mouth) music while working and after finishing this piece I realized why he is held in such high esteem. Trumpeter, composer and bandleader, Wynton Marsalis has said, "what Louis Armstrong did was that he took the spirit of jazz music and brought it around the world. He internationalized the feeling of jazz." Louis was a "trumpet player's" trumpet player, consistently playing notes that were never even imagined for the trumpet. His playing inspired his fellow musicians to always reach for greater heights. Armstrong was a master showman who wooed audiences all over the world.

It is my opinion that every musical library deserves some Armstrong. I know mine did!"

-Rick Holton

Louis Armstrong
Medium: watercolor
Sale: originals are not for sale
Size: 20" x 30"
Prints: $200/ signed and numbered

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