50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends”: The May 29, 1970 Session

We have reached the final chapter, friends. To be honest, I thought of Louis Armstrong and His Friends as a one-time “Satch’s Tracks” post a few weeks ago–and then the events of the world exploded and there was something about this album, and especially the songs covered today, that seemed so relevant and timeless andContinue reading “50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends”: The May 29, 1970 Session”

50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends” Part 3: The May 27, 1970 Session

In Part 1 of our look at the album Louis Armstrong and His Friends, we examined how Louis Armstrong prepared for this work after consulting with producer Bob Thiele when Thiele visited him at his home in Queens. Part 2 focused on the events of May 26, 1970, which kicked off with an all-star assemblageContinue reading “50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends” Part 3: The May 27, 1970 Session”

Hanging With Hyland: 50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends”

This week’s installment of “Hanging With Hyland” continues our 50th anniversary examination of the album Louis Armstrong and His Friends with our own Hyland Harris and Ricky Riccardi having a deep discussion about the album and about Armstrong’s role in the Civil Rights era. In case you missed it, here are the links to PartContinue reading “Hanging With Hyland: 50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends””

50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends” Part 2: The May 26, 1970 Session

Last week, we took you inside of Louis Armstrong’s home as he met with producer Bob Thiele in March 1970 to begin preparing to record an album to be issued in time for what Armstrong believed to be his 70th birthday in July. Armed with recordings by Harry Nilsson, the Beatles, Leon Thomas, the PlasticContinue reading “50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends” Part 2: The May 26, 1970 Session”

50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends” Part 1: The Preparation

For the second straight week, “Satch’s Tracks” is covering one of Louis Armstrong’s own albums, but today’s is a special choice as it was 50 years ago today that he finished recording what was his penultimate studio album, Louis Armstrong and His Friends. And though the theme of these Virtual Exhibits is “That’s My Home”Continue reading “50 Years of “Louis Armstrong and His Friends” Part 1: The Preparation”

Hanging With Hyland: Louis Armstrong’s Record Collection and Collages

We took this Monday off for Memorial Day but we still have plenty of virtual exhibits from the past two months for you to dive into. Two of our most popular ones were explorations of Louis’s record collection and of his collages. In this week’s installment of “Hanging With Hyland,” Hyland Harris talks with RickyContinue reading “Hanging With Hyland: Louis Armstrong’s Record Collection and Collages”

“Isn’t That Wonderful?”: Louis Armstrong Town Hall Concert

This is the fifth installment of Satch’s Tracks, our weekly exploration of what’s in Louis Armstrong’s record collection, and the first one to feature one of Armstrong’s own recordings. It probably won’t be the last because Armstrong was one of the few artists who delighted in listening to his own music and a fairly comprehensiveContinue reading ““Isn’t That Wonderful?”: Louis Armstrong Town Hall Concert”

Hanging With Hyland: Lucille Armstrong

On Monday, our Archivist Sarah Rose published this excellent Virtual Exhibit on the life of Louis Armstrong’s fourth wife, Lucille “Brown Sugar” Armstrong. For this week’s installment of “Hanging With Hyland,” we asked Hyland Harris to talk a little bit more about Lucille’s role as Louis’s wife and her impact on his legacy. Hyland mentionedContinue reading “Hanging With Hyland: Lucille Armstrong”

“Satchmo Always Loved Bix”: Jazz As It Should Be Played

Louis Armstrong might be the most influential cornetist/trumpeter of the 1920s but a strong case for second place could be made for Bix Beiderbecke. Though his tragic death at the age of 28 turned him into a cult figure, his cool, lyrical style of playing still sounds timeless today and is the reason why BeiderbeckeContinue reading ““Satchmo Always Loved Bix”: Jazz As It Should Be Played”

Hanging With Hyland: Why Corona, Queens?

Last week, Adriana Filstrup published “Our Neighborhood”, a virtual exhibit about Louis Armstrong’s relationship with the community of Corona, Queens featuring many samples of Armstrong’s writings about the place he called home for the last 28 years of his life. Still, one of our most frequently asked questions is “Why Corona?” For the second installmentContinue reading “Hanging With Hyland: Why Corona, Queens?”

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