Tag Archives: Louis Armstrong

Throwback Thursday: Mark Mullins from Bonerama

Editor’s note: Throwback Thursday is a new feature highlighting important elements in the lives and careers of local musicians. This week, Mark Mullins of Bonerama discusses his earliest musical influences in his own words: Raiding my dad’s record collection was fun as a 10 year old Metairie kid, not even realizing how close many of [...]

Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation Names New Executive Director

In late October at the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation‘s annual meeting, President Stanley Crouch named Jackie Harris as the organization’s Executive Director. In May, the LAEF lost longtime board member and standing Executive Vice President Phoebe Jacobs, who died at the age of 93. At the meeting, Crouch also appointed Jacob’s daughter Susan Devens to [...]

Hidden Treasures: Jazz Edition with Satchmo’s Horn On Display

It’s been unavailable to see for a while now, but at one time there was a wonderfully historic collection of jazz archives housed at the Old U.S. Mint. The collection has been in storage since Hurricane Katrina, and is planned to be the linchpin of a planned music museum at the Mint, which is a [...]

Re-cap: Saying Hello to Pops
at Satchmo Summerfest 2013

During his keynote speech at Satchmo Summerfest, musician Wycliffe Gordon opined that nobody but Louis Armstrong could bring off the song “What a Wonderful World,” Just one day later, John Boutte proved him wrong. Sure, Armstrong’s original is a thing of beauty, but the version Boutte did at his Summerfest set was no slouch. As [...]

Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 49):
Leroy Jones, Shades of Satchmo

The cover story of this month’s edition of OffBeat profiles local trumpeter Leroy Jones, from his youth as a member of the Hurricane Brass Band, to his tenure with fellow New Orleanian Harry Connick Jr., to his development as a band leader and one of the finest purveyors of the instrument that forever changed the [...]

Louis Armstrong:
Born on the Fourth of July?

Unbeknownst to some, a large elephant turns up at the party when New Orleans celebrates the birthday of its native son, the late, great Louis Armstrong at the Satchmo SummerFest held in early August. For his entire life, the legendary trumpeter and vocalist declared his birthday to be July 4, 1900 and he along with [...]

Wycliffe Gordon brings life-long
Louis Armstrong inspiration
to Satchmo SummerFest

“Unlike a lot of my contemporaries who came into jazz through bebop,” Gordon tells me from New York (where he teaches at the Manhattan School of Music), “what brought me to the music was the earlier jazz.” That would mean New Orleans. Gordon recounts that when he was 13 years old, his family inherited belongings [...]

Playlist: 5 Songs You Probably Didn’t Know Louis Armstrong Recorded

Louis Armstrong recorded a vast amount of material between the mid-’20s and the dawn of the ’70s, and much of that material stands as a cornerstone of American music. But like all great artists, he also came up a few head-scratchers, particularly toward the end of his life when he made peace with contemporary music [...]

Eli Yamin and Evan Christopher, Louie’s Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes (Yamin Music)

In some jazz circles, the term “trad” sometimes gets a bad rap—like a fusty pop equivalent of the “historically informed performances” of the classical scene. Of course, New Orleans music fans know better, since in the context of the NOLA scene, we’re used to experiencing all music on a continuum, all styles living side by [...]

What Was Satchmo’s Line?

We had to share this priceless clip of a TV moment that happened on this date, March 22, in 1964. That night the quiz show What’s My Line? had a special celebrity guest, namely Louis Armstrong. While this performance won’t rate as a musical highlight of Armstrong’s career, it does display his brilliant comic timing [...]