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Louis Armstrong

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 20 May 2012

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.
In the 1920s, Louis Armstrong transformed jazz from entertainment into art. Geoffrey surveys the influence of his early masterpieces, from Billie Holiday and Bunny Berigan to Miles Davis and Guy Barker.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Louis Armstrong Chattanooga Stomp

    Composer: Oliver/Picou Performers: Louis Armstrong (crnt), King Oliver (a), Honore Dutrey (trb), Buster Bailey (cl), Lillian Hardin (p), Warren ‘Baby’ Dodds (d) Recorded: 1923

    King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Retrieval 79007

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    Louis Armstrong Cakewalking Babies From Home

    Composer: Williams/Smith/Troy Performers: Louis Armstrong (crnt), Eva Taylor (voc), Charlie Irvis (trb), Sidney Bechet (ss), Clarence Williams (p), Buddy Christian (banjo) Recorded: 1925

    Eva Taylor – Not Just the Blues, Topaz TPZ 1044

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    Dick Hyman & His Orchestra Cakewalking Babies From Home

    Composer: Williams/Smith/Troy Performers: Carrie Smith (voc), Mel Davis, Pee Wee Erwin, Joe Newman (tr), Vic Dickenson (trb), Kenny Davern (Ss), Dick Hyman (p), Milt Hinton (b), Carmen Mastren (banjo), Bobby Rosengarden (d) Recorded: 1974

    Satchmo Remembered, Atlantic K 50161

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    Louis Armstrong Heebie Jeebies

    Composer: Atkins Performers: Louis Armstrong (crnt), Kid Ory (trb), Jonny Dodds (cl), Lil Armstrong (p), Johhn ySt Cyr (banjo) Recorded: 1926

    Louis Armstrong – King Louis, Proper P1470

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    Bunny Berigan Marie

    Composer: Irving Berlin Performers: Bunny Berigan, Joe Bauer, Bob Cusumano, Jimmy Welch (tr), Tommy Dorsey (trb), Les Jenkins, Red Bone (trb), Joe Dixon, (cl,as), Fred Stulce, Clyde Rounds (as), Bud Freeman (ts), Dick Jones (p), Carmen Mastren (g), Gene Traxler (b), Dave Tough (d), Jack Leonard & ensemble (voc) Recorded: 1937

    Bunny Berigan – I Can’t Get Started, Retrospective RTR 4139

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    Billie Holiday Me, Myself and I

    Composer: I Gordon/A Roberts/A Kaufman Performers: Louis Armstrong (t), Billie Holiday (voc)

    Billie Holiday – The Legacy 1933-1958, Columbia/Legacy C3K 47724

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    Louis Armstrong I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)

    Composer: Baxter Performers: Louis Armstrong, Ed Armstrong (crnt), Henry Hicks (trb), Bobby Holmes, Theodore McCord, Castor McCord (reeds), Joe Turner Washington (p), Bernard Addison (g), Lavert Hutchinson (b), Willie Lynch (d) Recorded: 1930

    Louis Armstrong 1928-1931, Hermes HRM6002 (1)

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    Charlie Parker Salt Peanuts

    Composer: J Gillespie/K Clarke Performers: Charlie Parker (as), Dizzy Gillespie (tr, voc), Al Haig (p), Curly Russell (b), Sid Catlett (d) Recorded: 1945

    Charlie Parker – Ken Burns Jazz, Verve 549 084 2

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    Louis Armstrong Wild Man Blues

    Composer: Louis Armstrong/Morton Performers: Louis Armstrong (crnt), John Thomas (trb), Johnny Dodds (cl), Lil Armstrong (p), Johnny St Cyr (banjo), Pete Briggs (tu), Baby Dodds (d) Recorded: 1927

    Louis Armstrong – King Louis, Proper P1471

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    Michel Legrand Wild Man Blues

    Composer: Louis Armstrong/Jelly Roll Morton Performers: Michel Legrand (conductor/arranger), Herbie Mann (fl), Betty Glamann (harp), Barry Galbraith (g), Miles Davis (tr), John Coltrane (ts), Phil Woods (as), Jerome Richardson (bs), Eddie Costa (vibes), Bill Evans (p), Paul Chambers (b), Kenny Dennis (d) Recorded: 1958

    Michel Legrand: Legrand’s Jazz, Philips 8300742 (1)

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    Louis Armstrong Weather Bird

    Composer: Oliver Performers: Louis Armstrong (crnt), Fred Robinson (trb), Jimmy Strong (cl), Earl Hines (p), Mancy Cara (banjo), Zutty Singleton (d) Recorded: 1928

    Louis Armstrong – King Louis, Proper P1147

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    Guy Barker Weather Bird Rag

    Composer: Louis Armstrong/J Oliver Performers: Louis Armstrong (t), Guy Barker Recorded: Guy Barker (tr), Sigurdur Flosason (as), Bernardo Sassetti (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Ralph Salmins (d)

    Guy Barker: Into the Blue, Verve 527 656 2

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    Nicholas Payton I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You

    Composer: Sam Thread Performers: Nicholas Payton (tr & voc), Paul Stephens & Ray Vega (tr), Vincent Gardner (trb), Bob Stewart (tuba), Bill Easley (as), Scott Robinson (bs), Tim Warfield (ts), Peter Bernstein (g), Melvin Rhyne (organ), Reuben Rogers (b), Adonis Rose (d) Recorded: 2000

    Nicholas Payton – Dear Louis, Verve 5494 192

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    Jon Faddis West End Blues

    Composer: Joe ‘King’ Oliver/Clarence Williams Performers: Jon Faddis (tr), Kenny Barron (p), Ray Brown (b), Harold Land (ts), Mel Lewis (d) Recorded: 1985

    Legacy: John Faddis, Concord Jazz CCD4291 (1)

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    Louis Armstrong Beau Koo Jack

    Composer: Hill Performers: Louis Armstrong (t), Earl Hines (p) Recorded: 1928

    Louis Armstrong – King Louis, Proper P1472


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