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31 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Louis Armstrong. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Louis Armstrong, often where they are interviewed.

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31 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Louis Armstrong. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Louis Armstrong, often where they are interviewed.

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Porgy and Bess by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

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With fantastic performances by singer Ella Fitzgerald and trumpeter/singer Louis Armstrong, Porgy and Bess is a studio recording of selections from the opera written by George Gershwin. It was released in 1958 and earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2001.

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Sep 02 2020 ·
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Louis Armstrong

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Join Dave and Bill as we take a look at the remarkable life and career of Louls "Satchmo" Armstrong.

Jul 20 2020 · 21mins
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Louis Armstrong - The father of Jazz!

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On today's episode I am talking about one of my favorite artists, Louis Armstrong. He was many things but most importantly a man who loved music and shared that love with the world. Cheers!

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Jun 18 2020 · 48mins
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Louis Armstrong 1935-1946

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Greetings Everyone. Today's program is a show I recorded in 2013. I had to have some outpatient surgery this week and did not have time to produce a new show. So I have gone back into the Big Band Bash Archives and pulled out I show I did on Louis Armstrong.  This features the Louis Armstrong Big Band and recordings he made between 1935 and 1946.  There is a lot of the great Armstrong Trumpet in these recordings. I hope to be back next week with a new show but until then I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday. Please visit this podcast at http://bigbandbashfm.blogspot.com
May 23 2020 · 59mins
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Episode 14: Louis Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong is one of the most powerful and important figures in the history of American music. Mika and Nick take a look at his incredible life story, from his humble beginnings in the battlefield of New Orleans to becoming the ambassador of jazz. 

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Videos in This Episode: 

Chimes Blues by the Creole Jazz Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpxXFg1_H7g

Heebie Jeebies by Louis Armstrong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksmGt2U-xTE

Ain't Misbehavin by Louis Armstrong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljuo5fkW-fs

If We Never Meet Again by Loius Armstrong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTWJYn90bV0

Hello, Dolly by Louis Armstrong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7N2wssse14

Hello, Dolly by Louis Armstrong and Barbra Streisand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcbw0GETjZw  

Apr 23 2020 · 51mins
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#2- Louis Armstrong's West End Blues: Improvisation and the Blues

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Dear listener, 

Where to begin with such an influential piece of music. Michelle believes, "This is about the blues, the blues scale, the blues feel, blues style and form. It's fundamentally what was groundbreaking about improvisation." 

Karl's take? "It's about classical cornet method meeting the rest of that stuff." 

They are of course referring to "West End Blues" written by King Oliver in 1928. By the time Oliver wrote "West End Blues," his protege, Louis Armstrong, had formed a studio band that recorded as either the Hot Five or Hot Seven, depending on its size. 

You may know Armstrong for some of his later hits like "Hello, Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World" but "West End Blues" will always hail as a mile marker in the evolution of jazz. For starters, its 15-second opening cadenza has become one of the most influential and hard-to-copy solos in jazz history. 

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Mar 31 2020 · 1hr 18mins
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Jazz legend Louis Armstrong

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Learn more about the jazz great they called Satchmo.
Feb 10 2020 · 34mins
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Louis Armstrong: A Music and Civil Rights Pioneer

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A presentation of Louis' contributions to music and civil rights in our society.

Moderator: John Crocken. Panelists: Dan Morgenstern, David Ostwald, Ricky Riccardi, Byron Stripling.

Jan 31 2020 · 53mins
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S4: Roaring 20s Music: Louis Armstrong & Jazz

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When Prohibition went into effect in 1920, New York City's nightlife was thrust underground. Liquor production was taken over by bootleggers. Clubs were taken over by mobsters. And jazz musicians played on the bandstand, with guns literally pointed at their backs.

Jan 07 2020 · 53mins
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Louis Armstrong’s Weed Dealer Transformed Jazz

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Reefer, muggles, gage — whatever jazz-age slang you prefer, marijuana most definitely played an outsized role in the development of this most unique and influential American art form. From the formation of the first ever jam sessions to the racial integration of the leading jazz bands, cannabis culture and consciousness of the era pushed musicians and audiences alike towards a higher appreciation of authentic, improvised, expansive self expression.

As jazz evolved into the world’s most popular musical genre, weed-friendly musicians began to tour, leaving a trail of newly initiated reefer smokers (and freshly planted reefer seeds) in their wakes. A wide range of jazz greats also made approving references to “Mary Warner” in songs like Reefer Man (Cab Calloway), If You’re a Viper (Fats Waller), Texas Tea Party (Benny Goodman), Muggles (Louis Armstrong), Gimme a Reefer (Bessie Smith), When I Get Low, I Get High (Ella Fitzgerald), and I'm Feeling High and Happy (Gene Krupa).

We explore this incredible underground history via the unique friendship of two of the scene’s most legendary Vipers (or weed enthusiasts) — Louis Armstrong, the most famous jazz musician of all time, who inhaled two cigar-sized joints on the daily, and clarinetist Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow, a middle class Jew from Chicago who became very, very well loved in jazz circles for having a steady supply of the finest herb available.


Read more about this incredible era in weed history with Mezz Mezzrow’s book Really The Blues (1946).


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Great Moments in Weed History is a Spoke Media original.

Oct 24 2019 · 54mins
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