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    1971 Louis Armstrong Recording to Be Released - It'll be made available in April

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    • Louis Armstrong - Undated and unlocated picture of American Louis Armstrong, the jazz trumpeter whose melodic inventiveness established the central role of the improvising soloist in jazz. Armstrong always said he was born 04 July 1900 in New Orleans although nobody knows the exact date. He was also a popular singer (hit recording include 'Mack the Knife', 'Hello Dolly!') and entertainer in such films as 'Pennies from Heaven' (1936), 'Cabin in the Sky' (1943), and 'High Society' (1956), but he remained primarily a jazz musician, touring the world with his New Orleans-style sextet. Armstrong died 06 July 1971.
    • Louis Armstrong - Jazz musician Louis Armstrong is seen on a mural in Hollywood,California 04 December 2006. Until the 1960s, public murals in Los Angeles were few and far between, isolated instances of commemoration or appreciation. Los Angeles is one of the world's mural capitals. Murals that serve as significant area landmarks have been created by both famous and anonymous artists.
    • Louis Armstrong - This photo shows a detail of a LeBlanc trumpet belonging to acclaimed jazz musician Louis Armstrong, in the exhibit area of the Louis Armstrong House, 09 October, 2003, at 34-56 107th Street in the Corona, Queens section of New York. The trumpet was manufactured in Paris, plated in gold and embossed on the bell with the musician's nickname and name, 'Satchmo Louis Armstrong'. The house, the long-time home of Armstrong and his wife and a National Historic Landmark, has undergone extensive renovations and will open to the public for tours on 16 October.

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    What if your favorite musician could return from the great beyond and play one last set that would, for a moment, make his music live again? And what if the music were new – as in, something you have never heard before? It would be a moment to savor, right? Well get ready for some new, old music from a legend.

    If you long to hear the music of the greatest trumpeter of all time, Louis Armstrong, just one more time, then your dreams may be answered.

    Officials from the National Press Club, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Louis Armstrong Foundation will announce their agreement to release a recording made on January 29, 1971 in the Ballroom of the National Press Club. The live recording is one of the last times Armstrong played his trumpet in public and is believed to be his last recorded trumpet performance. The recording was made into a limited edition record with only 300 copies most of which have vanished into attics.

    For several years a determined group of Press Club members have been working with their partners at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to bring the music to the public. Now, with the help of the Louis Armstrong Foundation, the moment has arrived.

    On April 24, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the national museum, will release "Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours" on CD and digital download here and retailers including iTunes and Amazon as well as the streaming services. The album release is part of the Smithsonian Institution's celebration of the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.

    Armstrong agreed to perform at the 1971 inaugural party of incoming National Press Club President Vernon Louviere who was a Washington correspondent but a native of Louisiana. At the time he was booked, Mr. Armstrong's health was poor. He had not played trumpet for much of 1970 and his shows were mostly 10 minutes of singing. So the Press Club crowd expected to hear Louis sing a couple of songs. But Armstrong packed his horn when he traveled to Washington. He was feeling better and ready to play.

    January 29, 1971 was a gala evening at the Press Club. The master of ceremonies for the event was the British Journalist David Frost. The crowd of journalists, dressed in black tie, had a real sense that they were about to witness history. Louis responded to the crowd's enthusiasm with more than 30 minutes of spirited singing, scat and to everyone's great surprise, trumpet. His trumpet was only to be recorded two other times: during a taped television show with David Frost; and on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson before a studio audience. It is believed that neither was turned into a recording offered to the public.

    Are you excited for new but old Louis Armstrong?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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