Nearly three decades after his death, Louis Armstrong is still recognized as one of the greatest performers and musicians of our time. Drawing on the rich resources of the Louis Armstrong Archives, jazz historian Joshua Berrett has compiled a tribute to the great trumpeter/vocalist/"Ambassador of Jazz, " Louis Armstrong. Included in this collection are Armstrong's autobiographical writings and colorful letters to friends and family, many never before published. In addition, writings on Armstrong's life and music from the '20s to today are collected, to give a full picture of this extraordinary performer. For everyone from the diehard jazz fan to those interested in learning more about America's music, this volume serves as the perfect introduction.