This biography of Louis Armstrong gives a vivid and informative description of his personality, encompasses jazz history along with his life, and traces his musical development by way of numerous easy-to-grasp analyses and insights into his music.
«Ilse Storb has given a graphic account of the life of the great trumpeter Louis Armstrong with a sympathetic and easy-to-grasp description of his music. The result is a handy compendium of facts, which are otherwise only to be found by searching through numerous publications neither available nor known to everyone - even to those who have been involved with jazz for a long period of time.» (Münchener Jazz-Zeitung)
«Reserch took Ilse Storb thousands of kilometers back and forth by plane between the United States, Africa, and Europe. She sifted through archives in New York, Boston, and Washington and imbued the project with the fascinating atmosphere of New Orleans...» (Neue Ruhrzeitung)
«The Duisburg professor gives a knowledgeable account of the life and work of the black singer and trumpeter...The book offers a considerable amount of relevant information on one of the twentieth century's most well known personalities as well as a detailed account of jazz tradition.» (Badische...