Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Louis Armstrong - 110th Birthday Celebration.

Louis Armstrong
770 pix restored (full res at wikipedia)
Louis Armstrong , jazz great, trumpet virtuoso , vocalist,  and composer, was born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans,  Louisiana to a very poor family.   His nickname "Satchmo" ,  short for "satchel-mouth" ,   has no definitive origin.  It may be related to his love of fine food or the shape of his mouth when playing the trumpet.   He likely started out on the cornet,  similar to the modern trumpet but with a different sound.   Like Mozart, Satchmo's deep, natural musical talent allowed him to be a spontaneous, extemporaneous, musical improvisor.

Here are some youtube links to high quality recordings.

La vie en rose
Mack the Knife

Summertime with Ella.

Tenth Anniversary of Surgery

It's been ten years since cancer surgery.  I have new camera. :)