louis_LIFE_JUne1965courtesy of Life Magazine
“There are two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.”
“My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn…”
“If ya ain’t got it in ya, ya can’t blow it out.”
“What we play is life. I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand.”
“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”
“We all do ‘do, re, mi,’ but you have got to find the other notes yourself.”
“There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.”
“You blows who you is.”
“There is no such thing as ‘on the way out’ as long as you are still doing something interesting and good; you’re in the business because you’re breathing.”
“Never play a thing the same way twice.”
Louis Armstrong

1932, inscription to Hoagy Carmichael
Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong in the 1947 film ‘New Orleans’
Louis Armstrong Photo Gallery

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