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Louis Armstrong died July 6, 1971, just days after this photo of the trumpet master practicing at home in New York was taken. The jazz great broke racial barriers with his broad appeal. (Associated Press)

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Louis Armstrong and wife Lucille are shown with National Press Club President Vernon Louviere and wife Jean, in Washington on Jan. 29, 1971. A recording of Armstrong playing his trumpet for one of the last times is being released to the public for the first time. (Associated Press)

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Louis Armstrong died July 6, 1971, just days after this photo of the trumpet master practicing at home in New York was taken. The jazz great broke racial barriers with his broad appeal. (Associated Press)

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LANDMARK: Entertainers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong performed at the Lincoln Theatre during a time when segregation barred patrons from downtown theaters. The venue faces a financial crisis. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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In this Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 photo, the closed and boarded building that once housed the Eagle Saloon, where Louis Armstrong and Buddy Bolden used to perform, is seen on the right at the corner of South Rampart and Perdido Streets in downtown New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)