Friday, June 25, 2010
From my Facebook scroll, Louis Armstrong from more than 50 years ago:
thanks, I needed that today.
Btw, Charlie Black (con law at YLS and author of the Brown v. Bd brief) would have a "party" every year in which he played all the old Louie Armstrong records he had discovered as a boy growing up in Texas. Not the same music fidelity (old records), but fun nonetheless.
As I say, I needed it. :-)
The trombone player is Trummy Young. He was Armstrong's regular trombonist throughout the 50s.
For more Armstrong from this period, try the film "Jazz on a Summer's Day" (1958) and the album "Louis Armstrong Plays W C Handy". Both are masterpieces.
While an abandoned child in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong
"worked for a Lithuanian-Jewish immigrant family, the Karnofskys, who had a junk hauling business and gave him odd jobs. They took him in and treated him as almost a family member, knowing he lived without a father, and would feed and nurture him. He later wrote a memoir of his relationship with the Karnofskys titled, Louis Armstrong + the Jewish Family in New Orleans, La., the Year of 1907. In it he describes his discovery that this family was also subject to discrimination by "other white folks' nationalities who felt that they were better than the Jewish race. I was only seven years old but I could easily see the ungodly treatment that the White Folks were handing the poor Jewish family whom I worked for." Armstrong wore a Star of David pendant for the rest of his life and wrote about what he learned from them: "how to live—real life and determination.""