Thursday, August 4, 2016

On Louis Armstrong’s birthday

Louis Armstrong. Photograph by John Leongard. Undated. From the Life Photo Archive.

Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901. “July 4, 1900” began early on, as his draft card shows.

I’ve been listening to Louis Armstrong all week — Hot Fives and Sevens, the 1930s orchestra, the All-Stars, duets with Ella Fitzgerald. I’m no Buddhist, but I think of Armstrong as a bodhisattva showing us all the way to enlightenment. Swing That Music.

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