“Louis’ Sick Days”: Louis Armstrong’s 1971 Jasmin Interview

Earlier this week, we published the first part in what will be a series of posts devoted to the tapes and collages Louis Armstrong made in the final weeks of his life. The response to it was so positive, we have decided to expand the series to also include posts devoted to interviews, photographs andContinue reading ““Louis’ Sick Days”: Louis Armstrong’s 1971 Jasmin Interview”

“Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong Final Tapes Part 1

Back in March, we posted an extended piece about the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s final public performances at the Waldorf-Astoria. If you know your Armstrong history, you most likely know that July 6 will represent the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s passing. But what happened in between the Waldorf engagement and Pops’s last breaths?Continue reading ““Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong Final Tapes Part 1″

Marty Napoleon Centennial Celebration!

Today is the centennial of the swinging pianist, Marty Napoleon, who spent so many memorable years touring the road with Louis Armstrong. To commemorate this special day, we thought we’d share some treasures from our Archives related to the life of this wonderful musician. Napoleon was born Matthew Napoli in Brooklyn, a child of SicilianContinue reading “Marty Napoleon Centennial Celebration!”

“The Great Chicago Concert”: 65th Anniversary Celebration

This is a bit of a departure from our “That’s My Home” theme, which admittedly has taken us out of Queens more often than not lately. But when dealing with the globe-trotting life of Louis Armstrong, it’s awfully hard to keep him pinned down to one location! Thus, today’s post will celebrate what was anotherContinue reading ““The Great Chicago Concert”: 65th Anniversary Celebration”

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 5–Freedomland 1961

To folks of a certain generation, the word “Freedomland” probably conjures up extremely vivid memories of an amusement park in the Bronx, built to topple the Disney empire. But seeing that it was gone within five years of opening, the amount of folks who actually got to experience Freedomland in all its glory is notContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 5–Freedomland 1961″

“They’re My Tops”: The Making of “Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy”

Louis Armstrong made dozens of albums in the long-playing era but for many–including Louis himself–one stands out above all others: 1954’s Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy, recorded for Columbia Records and produced by George Avakian. Earlier this month, Mosaic Records released a limited edition, 7-CD boxed set, The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCAContinue reading ““They’re My Tops”: The Making of “Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy””

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 4–Ellington Session, Scarsdale, and More!

We concluded Part 3 of our tribute to the late Jack Bradley by mentioning that Jack didn’t see Louis for several months because of the trumpeter’s overseas tour to Africa and Europe that lasted from the beginning of October 1960 to the end of February 1961. It was on this tour that vocalist Velma MiddletonContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 4–Ellington Session, Scarsdale, and More!”

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 3–MSG and Newport 1960

In Part 1 of our series of tributes to the late Jack Bradley, who passed away on March 21 at the age of 87, we told the story of how Jack ended up in Louis Armstrong’s orbit, courtesy of his then-girlfriend Jeann “Roni” Failows, and shared the first photos he shot of Louis at venuesContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 3–MSG and Newport 1960″

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 2–Webster Hall 1960

After Jack Bradley passed away at the age of 87 on March 21, 2021, we knew we had to commemorate his life and friendship with Louis Armstrong on our “That’s My Home” site. Almost immediately, we realized this would be a multi-part series. If you’d like to catch-up, here is the link to Part 1,Continue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 2–Webster Hall 1960″

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 1–The First Encounters

Jack Bradley passed away on Sunday evening, March 21, 2021. He was 87-years-old. Though not a household name, he was a hero to those who loved Louis Armstrong and especially to us at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. This “That’s My Home” home site and our social media presence would not be what they areContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 1–The First Encounters”

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