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John H. Armwood Jazz History Lecture Nashville's Cheekwood Arts Center 1989

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

WVIZ/PBS: Featured Program

WVIZ/PBS: Featured ProgramWVIZ

American Masters: Satchmo - The Life of Louis Armstrong
Wednesday, July 6 at 9:00 PM

A self-taught trumpet player and singer burst onto the scene at age 17 in 1918, replacing the legendary King Oliver in Kid Ory’s band. Over the next six decades he would turn the world of music on its ear and become one of the world’s most recognized and best-loved entertainers. He recorded albums in every conceivable genre, from country to show tunes, toured the globe and influenced virtually “every musician of worth in popular music or jazz,” as Tony Bennett says in this film by Gary Giddins. He was also an outspoken symbol of the civil rights movement, making a goodwill tour of western Africa and refusing to patronize New York clubs from which he had once been excluded. Named Best Music Video by Jazz Times Magazine in 1989, this film tracks Armstrong’s life and career through recordings, performance footage, rare home movies, and interviews with friends and colleagues — among them Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Lester Bowie, Dexter Gordon, Milt Hinton and many others.

Then…stay tuned to WVIZ/PBS for “Alma’s Jazzy Marriage” at 10:30pm. In ALMA'S JAZZY MARRIAGE, Alma Foster recalls her life with her husband, seminal jazz bassist George "Pops" Foster. Foster popularized the slap bass style, an innovation which changed jazz's rhythm section forever. ALMA'S JAZZY MARRIAGE is a behind the scenes look at some of the giants of jazz, told from a woman's perspective — from Harlem in the 1920s and '30s, through hilarious road trips and life in San Francisco. Family photos and archival film, as well as a rare interview with Alma, whose memory and wit "as sharp as a 10-penny nail," bring this duo's colorful marriage to life.

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