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1. Louis Armstrong (1924)

In 1924, Louis Armstrong was on the verge of changing jazz forever. He had just moved to New York to join the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra at the Roseland Ballroom. The Roseland had turned from an white-only, ballroom dancing venue when the movement of jazz came to town. Louis spent a year performing on stage at the venue and recorded with the Henderson Orchestra. He quickly made a name for himself throughout the city before leaving back to Chicago and recording some of his most inspiring early work and came back to perform at the Roseland Ballroom many times after.

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