The presence and spirit of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong can be found in books, in movies, and on recordings spanning many decades -- but in New Orleans, he’s very much alive in another way: in the spirit of the musicians of the city. On this week’s program, titled "In Search of Satchmo," we go looking for that spirit through music and stories.
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Here's a list of interesting links and information about the stories and music in this week's show, "In Search of Satchmo":
Louis Armstrong always celebrated his birthday on July 4th, but admitted he didn't actually know his real birthday. After his death, New Orleans music scholar (and WWOZ volunteer) Tad Jones discovered Armstrong had been born on August 4, 1901. And now the first weekend of August in New Orleans every year is when Satchmo Summerfest is held! This is a great festival at the Old US Mint in the French Quarter, filled with music, panels, and parades.
Here's Satchmo himself, singing "What A Wonderful World":
Here's a video of Nicholas Payton, Wendell Brunious, Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, and Marcus Belgrave performing at the Trumpet Summit for Louis Armstrong, at Jazz Ascona in Switzerland. This lineup has to be seen to be believed:
Here's a great version of "Skokiaan," recorded by Kermit Ruffins, filmed at Vaughan's Lounge in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. With a cameo appearance by the late "Uncle" Lionel Batiste.
And from Jazz Ascona in 2013, here's the young musician Travis Hill, also known as Trumpet Black:
THIS WEEK'S TRACK LISTING:
(show opening music bed was "West End Blues" by Louis Armstrong's Hot Five)
Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars - "When You're Smiling"
(music bed: Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars - "All of Me")
Gregg Stafford and Brian Carrick - "Kiss to Build a Dream On"
(music bed: Louis Armstrong's Hot Five - "Melancholy")
New Orleans All-Star Stompers with Nicholas Payton - "Struttin' with Some Barbecue"
(music bed: Louis Armstrong - "Cornet Chop Suey")
Leroy Jones - "Ain't Misbehavin'"
(music bed: Gil Evans - "Struttin' with Some Barbecue")
Louis Armstrong - "Skokiaan"
(music bed: Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra - "Muggles")
Kermit Ruffins - "If You're a Viper"
Louis Armstrong and the Dukes of Dixieland - "Bill Bailey"
(music bed: Kevin Clark & Tom McDermott - "St. Louis Blues")
Connie Jones’ Crescent City Jazz Band - "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry"
Connie Jones’ Crescent City Jazz Band - "Swing that Music"
Louis Armstrong All-Stars - "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans"
(closing bed: Louis Armstrong with Leon Thomas - "The Creator has a Master Plan")
Host, writer, editor, interviewer, audio engineer, intrepid field recorder, and co-producer is George Ingmire.
Dave Ankers is the producer.
Melanie Merz is the supervising producer.
Vocal tracks produced by Jorge Fuentes.
National distribution managed by Russell Shelton and Carmen Connor Post.
Web support by David Stafford.
Live tracks mixed by George Ingmire, Damond Jacob and Tony Guillory.
Executive Producer is WWOZ’s General Manager David Freedman.
Interviews for this show were conducted by WWOZ show hosts Sally Young, Leslie Cooper, and Dan Meyer.
Special thanks to:
Sally Young and Crystal Gross, for their voice talents;
WWOZ’s Dwayne Breashears, Scott Borne, Dee Lindsey, Lauren Del Rio, Leslie Molson, Beau Royster, and Maryse Dejean;
Rachel Lyons, Dolores Hooper, and the Archives of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation;
the staff of Satchmo SUmmerfest and French Quarter Festivals;
and to WWOZ's interns: Olivia Broslawsky, James Bullard, Candace Crawford, Ben Russell, and Lily Wasserman.