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Friday, December 19, 2008

Louis Armstrong Night on BBC 4

Well done BBC 4. There have been times when I wondered if the Beeb had ever heard of jazz but fortunately this weekend wasn't one of them.
Three hours of anyone, even Louis Armstrong, may seem a lot but the three programmes were quite different.
A biographical hour preceded a live 1968 concert by the All-stars with Tyree Glenn (tmb), Joe Muryani (clt), Marty Napoleon (pno), Danny Barcelona (dms), Buddy Catlett (bs) and Jewell Brown (vcl) - Marty Napoleon was quite amazing - culminating with a "Louis Armstrong Night" at the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival.
For this, Satchmo himself commentated whilst musical tributes were paid by fellow trumpet players Bobby Hackett, Joe Newman, Ray Nance, Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Owens. Mahalia Jackson strutted her stuff on "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" before 'les tout ensemble' blasted out "The Saints".
Quite a night and more jazz on 4 tonight, Saturday & Sunday. Santa has arrived early!

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Marvellous stuff, Denys said if he had a wish it would have been to go to the Newport Jazz Festival in those heady days...all carefree & young!

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