“Summertime” is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, [More]
Buddy Bolden’s Band 1905 (Photo Hogan Jazz Archives). Kid Ory’s Woodland Band 1905 (Photo Hogan Jazz Archives). Original Creole Orchestra (Photo Hogan Jazz Archives). Original Dixieland Jazz Band, 1916 (Photo Hogan Jazz Archives). Fate Marable’s [More]
“Basin Street Blues” (Spencer Williams) from the Bell Telephone Hour: The American Song, February 2, 1964. Personnel: Louis Armstrong – trumpet, vocals Russell “Big Chief” Moore – trombone Joe Darensbourg – clarinet Billy Kyle – [More]
The Sunshine Of Love (Chet Gierlach, George Douglas, Leonard Whitcup). from the Louis Armstrong album Hello Louis – The Hit Years (1963-1969). “By 1968, Louis Armstrong was in failing health, but in the UK, ‘What [More]
Louis Armstrong and friends – Esquire Jazz Concert (1944) – Full Show. The first Esquire All-Star Concert, which took place in 1944, has been well documented on various discs, generally in bits and pieces, but [More]
Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller only worked together twice, briefly in 1925 in Erskine Tate’s band and four years later in the New York revue Connie’s Hot Chocolates. But Waller made an indelible enough impression [More]
A Song Is Born (also known as That’s Life) is a 1948 Technicolor musical film remake of the 1941 movie Ball of Fire with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. [More]
The Real Ambassadors is a jazz musical developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s by Dave and Iola Brubeck, in collaboration with Louis Armstrong and his band. It addressed the Civil Rights Movement, the [More]
“Rockin’ Chair” is a 1929 popular song with music composed by Hoagy Carmichael. Musically it is unconventional, as after the B section when most popular songs return to A, this song has an A-B-C-A1 structure. [More]
Canal Street Blues (Joe Oliver and Louis Armstrong). Personnel: Joe “King” Oliver – 1st. cornet Louis Armstrong – 2nd cornet Honore Dutrey – trombne Johnny Dodds – clarinet Bill Johnson – bass Lil Hardin-Armstrong – [More]