Louis Armstrong

J. Michael Harrison's Fat Tuesday Celebration
7:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Mardi Gras Party on WRTI! March 4th, from 9 PM to Midnight

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.

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Creatively Speaking
10:19 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Duke Ellington: A New Biography of the Jazz Master

DUKE, A Life of Duke Ellington, by Terry Teachout, is receiving a lot of attention.

Duke Ellington played piano, but it was his intertwined roles as bandleader and composer that propelled him to greatness. He wrote over 1,700 songs, as well as longer orchestral suites and film scores.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new book explores the man behind the music.

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
4:49 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Big Band Jazz: Takin' To The Streets

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

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.

Creatively Speaking
1:08 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Birthday of Jazz Great Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the birth of trumpet virtuoso, singer, and bandleader Louis  Armstrong.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the life and legacy of a musician who propelled jazz onto a mainstream stage.  

Pops, A Life of Louis Armstrong, by Wall Street Journal Drama Critic Terry Teachout, was published in 2010. Teachout also wrote the play Satchmo at the Waldorf, which ran at the Wilma Theater last year.

Listen to Susan Lewis' interview with Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout

News & Views
6:12 am
Thu November 29, 2012

The Great Louis Armstrong: New Insights into the Man and His Music

Trumpet virtuoso, singer and bandleader Louis Armstrong propelled jazz onto the mainstream stage, shaping the music with his own distinctive style.  Jazz documentary producer Ken Burns says “Armstrong is to music what Einstein is to Physics, and the Wright Brothers are to travel.”

Yet,  the man behind the legend is less well known.  The Wilma Theater is now staging Satchmo at the Waldorf, a one-man show by Terry Teachout, who is also the Wall Street Journal drama critic and the author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.  Both the book and the play are informed by audio tapes Armstrong made of his private conversations with friends and family.

Susan Lewis talks with playwright Terry Teachout, actor John Douglas Thompson, and WRTI's Maureen Malloy about Armstrong and his life, and about how the tapes, the book, and the play reveal a different, lesser-known side of the jazz icon.

Creatively Speaking
9:15 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Satchmo At The Waldorf: The Man Behind The Legend

As The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia stages the Terry Teachout play about the legendary trumpet player Louis Armstrong, Susan Lewis explores the life and work of this musical icon.

Information about Satchmo At The Waldorf at The Wilma Theater through December 2nd.

Crossover
10:40 am
Thu May 14, 2009

Brass Quintet Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass just released a new CD, Swing that Music: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

The virtuosi of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass' trademark.

Their more than 60 recordings include works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven and Wagner ? all in meticulously crafted transcriptions that are setting new musical traditions in brass performance. They are especially drawn to the works of J.S. Bach.

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News and Views
10:15 am
Sat February 26, 2005

Celebration of Black History Month

Part of WRTI's celebration of Black History month, Meridee Duddleston facilitates a glimpse of the ties between a jazz musician, a lyric structure, a playwright, and a poet.