Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Satchmo By Satchmo. The Louis Armstrong Tapes

To mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of Louis Armstrong (Aug 4), BBC Radio 2 is commemorating the event with a couple of programmes devoted to the man himself.

Kicking things off tonight is a documentary looking at the private, home made tapes made by Louis himself. The tapes were recorded between 1950 - 1971 and have gone largely unheard by the general public. This is a great chance to delve into the inner thoughts of one of the most important musicians of the 20th century as he ruminates on his career and the people he knew or worked with; from Bessie Smith to Joe "King" Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton (who it seems he has a bone to pick with!)

The man responsible for the documentary is Paul Sexton. Here is a piece he wrote in The Telegraph regarding what we are to expect.

Also, here is a link to BBC Radio 2. The programme begins at 11.00pm BST and will probably be available online for a while after.

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