THE ICON: Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)
THE LEGACY: Armstrong sang on New Orleans street corners for small change as a child before landing in a reformatory where he picked up the cornet. Soon after moving north in the 1920s, the young musician became a recording star. Satchmo went on to become one of the most recognizable cultural icons of the 20th century, and an ambassador for his hometown who remains celebrated around the world.
THE ARTIST: Queen Hope Parker, Whereyart.net.
THE INSPIRATION: “Growing up, my father always taught me how Louis Armstrong was a big influence in spreading Jazz through America,” Parker said. “It was important to me to capture him with a crown to honor his musical throne. And although he made numerous hits, the songs he is playing on here are my favorites.”