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Satchmo, Take Two: Louis Armstrong At The Movies

Trumpeter, vocalist and a dynamic entertainer, Louis Armstrong showcased all these aspects of his talent in 28 full-length films and several short features.

Louis Armstrong was a legendary, innovative trumpeter, a vocalist who had a profound impact on jazz singing, and a dynamic entertainer. He got a chance to showcase all these aspects of his talent in 28 full-length films and several short features between 1931 and 1969.

We’ll celebrate Armstrong’s symbolic birthday this weekend with a program that includes music from the films

  • New Orleans
  • High Society
  • A Man Called Adam
  • The Five Pennies

and more, including the outtake “Ain’t It the Truth” from Cabin in the Sky, and a few recorded encounters of Armstrong and one of his most fervent admirers, Billie Holiday.

For More Louis Armstrong…

In addition to Krin Gabbard‘s nearly-40-page treatise on Armstrong in his cinematic-jazz book Jammin’ at the Margins (pg. 204-238), here’s some more background on Satchmo’s celluloid career:

And you can watch Holiday and Armstrong perform “Farewell to Storyville” from the 1947 film New Orleans here:

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