Louis Armstrong's Selmer Trumpet
National Museum of African American History and Culture
This trumpet was manufactured by Henri Selmer Paris (founded 1885) for Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), one of the world's most influential and creative jazz musicians.
Composer and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, joined by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, played this trumpet during the installation of David Skorton as 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Oct. 19, 2015.
This one-of-a-kind trumpet was crafted by Henri Selmer specifically for Louis Armstrong in Paris after World War II, during the French recovery period. The Smithsonian acquired the trumpet in 2008; Marsalis is the first to play it since it became part of the Smithsonian’s collection. This iconic instrument, which is inscribed with Armstrong’s name, will be prominently displayed in the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture when the museum opens in the fall of 2016.
Collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
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