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Louis Armstrong's studio ensemble The Hot Five, 1925. They are (from left to right) Johnny Dodds, Louis Armstrong, Johnny St. Cyr, Kid Ory, and Lil Hardin.

Louis Armstrong is arguably one of the best jazz trumpeters in history. While his early career was based in Chicago, in 1924 Armstrong performed in New York at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City with The Fletcher Anderson Orchestra as well as Clarence Williams's Blue Five. Armstrong moved his band permanently to New York City in 1929 and his impact on the New York music scene continued throughout the Harlem Renaissance.

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