Happy Birthday, Louie!
Today is jazz great Louis Armstrong’s birthday. He would have been 110 years old. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Armstrong is remembered, and revered, for his gravelly voice, ability to break down racial barriers and timeless songs like “What aWonderful World” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Each August, New Orleans celebrates the life of its native trumpeter with the Satchmo Summerfest. “Satchmo” was a popular nickname for Armstrong, and the festival kicks off on his birthday and lasts through the weekend. Music featured includes traditional jazz, brass and more, and special events include a club strut, jazz breakfast and Mass, and birthday celebration and trumpet tribute. Seminars on Armstrong and his music are also held during the festival.
In honor of Armstrong and his birthday, intern Jake Cole has written a review of a new book about Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World,” by Ricky Riccardi, who will be showing rare video footage of Armstrong at a Satchmo Fest seminar tomorrow. Jake has also compiled a list of the 5 essential albums and 10 essential recordings any Armstrong fan or emerging fan should have.
So, Happy Birthday Louie. It truly is a wonderful world with your music in it!