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Sir Duke

The Economist reviews Terry Teachout’s latest Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington. Teachout’s blog is one of the most refined and insightful arts blogs around and he wrote a terrific bio of Pops. A man of gargantuan appetites for food and women as well as music, he believed that doing exactly what he wanted when he wanted…

Satchmo At the Waldorf

Here is a play based upon Terry Teachout’s excellent biography. Also check out this time period in Ricky Riccardi’s equally excellent and touching description in his biography. Update: another review from Slant. JazzLouis ArmstrongRicky RiccardiTerry Teachout

Yom huledet “Pops”

Today is Louis Armstrong’s birthday, in my view a musical titan to match the likes of Wagner. No artist has given me such pleasure as Pops as well as being a perennial symbol or a paragon of dignity in trying circumstances. Below are two of my favourite photos of Pops. I also highly recommend you…

Review of “Pops”

Here’s a review from the very excellent Journal of Jazz Studies. Along with Teachout’s “Pops” I can also highly recommend Ricky Riccardi’s What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years since together one gets a fuller and more rounded picture of America’s greatest art form and greatest artist. Both Teachout and Riccardi are masterful…