Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was to jazz what Einstein was to physics, King to Civil Rights, Shakespeare to comedy and tragedy, and Oprah to televised entertainment. He taught the trumpet to do things the instrument didn't know it was capable of doing, and he could turn a song upside down with that deep, gravelly voice.

July 30, 2018.  Satchmo. Dippermouth. Pops. All nicknames used to address one of the most influential artists in jazz history—Louis Armstrong.  To honor the anniversary of Armstrong’s birth in New Orleans on August 4, 1901, Verve Records is releasing an amazing four-disc set showcasing the legend’s unique vocal style.  Pops Is Tops: The Verve Studio Albums is truly tops!

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), so we're spotlighting albums that are the benchmarks of influence and popularity. Each week we're highlighting an album that deserves to be called classic; this week's treasure is the first collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Don’t let that big smile fool you into thinking that Satchmo was only an entertainer. He was the most important pioneer in jazz. He basically re-invented trumpet playing. He was hugely popular in five decades and over many periods in jazz. With playing, singing, and even acting, Louis was the international ambassador for the American art form of jazz.

Check out a great book, all about the tunes that put the "roar" in "The Roaring Twenties." WRTI's Susan Lewis spoke with the author of Tunes of the Twenties and All That Jazz: The Stories Behind the Songs.

The Continuing Voice of the Monterey Jazz Festival

Apr 2, 2017
Jerry Stoll / Monterey Jazz Festival

You won’t find a blue-ribbon pie at this northern California fairground this weekend. But the place will be filled with multiple stages and wall-to-wall music. Here's Meridee Duddleston's take on the Monterey Jazz Festival.

It’s the 99th anniversary of an important first for the WRTI family. It happened in South Jersey, and the significance of it extends to this day.
 


This month, in 1926, trumpet virtuoso, singer, and bandleader Louis Armstrong recorded the first jazz scat vocal, "Heebie Jeebies." WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the life and legacy of a musician who propelled jazz onto a mainstream stage.  She speaks with Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal drama critic, playwright, and author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

Take a trip to New Orleans with WRTI's J. Michael Harrison on Tuesday night! We're bringing NOLA directly to you in honor of Mardi Gras. Okay, so we don’t have the warm weather, the parades, or the fun cocktails…but we do have some of the best music from the Crescent City.

You'll hear music from some of New Orleans’ finest, like the Marsalis Family, Louis Prima, Irvin Mayfield, and, of course, Louis Armstrong.

Big Band Jazz hits the big music streets this Sunday evening, August 4th at 7 pm. From "Green Dolphin" to "Basin Street" to "Broadway" there's a lot of ground to cover...including  a couple of appearances from Louis Armstrong on the 112th anniversary of his birth.

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