Trumpeter Louis Armstrong is consider one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. With his innovations in ensemble playing and his distinctive personal voice, he helped to inspire generations of musicians. In his long career, Armstrong modeled both accommodation and radicalism in confronting issues of segregation, poverty, violence, and the perils of commercialism. Satchmo’s skills as a soloist furthered the development of jazz and the improvisational arts and codified the characteristic sound of New Orleans in the wider American imagination. Possessing many aspects of a complex character, Armstrong at once embodied the innovative spirit of America and also the challenges brought against hypocrisy, elitism, and repression. He was simultaneously the gallant and the rascal. We hope you enjoy this short feature as Rabbi Neil Blumofe shares a unique take on Louis Armstrong.