Definitive Armstrong Box Set Unveiled at Satchmo Summer Fest

30 08 2011

Yes, there is life in New Orleans in August. Hot life, but life just the same. The annual Satchmo Summer Fest, staged by the dedicated folks who put on French Quarter Fest each year, comprised a weekend of tributes to Louis Armstrong, both musical and academic. The festival kicked off with a discussion about the release of a highly anticipate new Armstrong boxed set, which I covered for the November issue of DownBeat. Check it out:

In 1959, a young British music fan named Richard Havers picked up his first Louis Armstrong record, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” at a yard sale. Nearly a half-century later, Havers, now an award-winning music author, worked with Universal London to produce Satchmo, which the label is calling the most comprehensive collection of Armstrong recordings ever released. Read more

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