Pronouncing “Louis”

Louis Armstrong

My genius friend and jazz scholar, among other things, Michael Steinman, first taught me that “Louie” was a publicly-assigned nickname and that the legend actually went by LouiS.  I’m guessing scholars will catch up.

And now Mr. Steinman has a blog by which he will inform us all of the happenings in New York City’s jazz world, along with those of a few other locales when he travels.  Please visit Jazz Lives if you’ve ever cared for the world of jazz.



  1. I’m surprised that you weren’t aware that his name was Louis. I guess growing up in New Orleans and being the daughter of a jazz musician helped to enlighten me of that fact at a very early age.

  2. this guy right her was the best trumpet player .. he been on this earth from august 4, 1901, to july 6, 1971……

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