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The Permanence of Pops: Louis Armstrong and American Music
3 Feb 2013 // 5:08 PM
The recently released early recordings of Louis Armstrong remind us that no one made a more complete contribution to art in the 20th century.
Part 1: Beethoven to Phil Ochs (1824-1965)
15 Jul 2007 // 6:00 PM
Psalm 100 instructs, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!". What more joyful sound than the life-affirming song of protest, for that is the sound wrenched from the deepest grief and suffering, from exhausted and diseased lungs, and the voice raised in tuneful protest is among the most beautiful of human sounds. Sing out, indeed!
Finding the Sublime in Jazz, an Argument for Abstraction
21 Nov 2016 // 10:00 PM
Jazz columnist Will Layman presents seven pieces of music as evidence of the beauty and urgency of pure sound in instrumental jazz.
Louis Armstrong: Hello, Louis! The Hit Years (1963-1969)
11 Nov 2010 // 4:00 PM
Nobody can explain why “Hello Dolly” hit #1 in 1964. But then, nobody can explain why Louis Armstrong didn't hit #1 all the time.
Louis Armstrong: Live in 59 [DVD]
8 Oct 2006 // 7:00 PM
Armstrong’s smiling countenance is the perfect foil for his remarkable technical skills; his interaction with both audience and band is wonderfully disarming, making the music even more accessible.