This article about the life and work of Ricky Riccardi was from exactly a year ago. I don’t think the term “disciple” is appropriate — it’s more the keeper of the flame and musical scholar — and as fate would have there is no better person to do it. I’ll be seeing Ricky at the archives soon as well as visiting the Louis Armstrong House Museum. And if you haven’t read his What A Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years I’d highly recommend you do.
When asked, What can the music and message of Louis Armstrong add to an individual’s life?, Ricky Riccardi answers: “One word: Joy. Louis Armstrong makes people feel good and who doesn’t want to feel good? That’s what attracted me to him when I was 15 and that’s what still keeps me going all these years later: Joy.”