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NEW YORK (AP) _ Jazz enthusiasts celebrating Louis Armstrong's 100th birthday say the legendary trumpeter's legacy grows stronger each year.

``Louis Armstrong created something with his music. It was an American style of music, and this is the way we can keep him alive,'' said Clarence Williams, 70, one of several hundred people at a concert at the City University of New York on Saturday.

Armstrong is recognized as one of the leading figures in the creation of jazz. His trumpet playing on a series of records in the mid-1920s laid the foundation for much of the improvised jazz instrumental playing that would follow.

Many people remember Armstrong more for his renditions of popular songs, including ``Hello, Dolly'' and ``It's a Wonderful World,'' which knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts in the mid-1960s.

The concert was one of many events around the country to commemorate Armstrong's Aug. 4 birthday.