Louis Armstrong is undeniably one of the most influential figures of 20th Century music. Though he did most of his innovating in the 1920s, Armstrong had a long, storied career as a popular entertainer, beloved around the world as America's "Ambassador of Goodwill." Armed with precious rare footage, Ricky Riccardi, will bring Armstrong's final decades to life with films of Armstrong in performance on stage and on television, including memorable renditions of songs such as "Hello, Dolly!" "What a Wonderful World" and the song that is known as one of the first protest songs ever recorded, "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue."
Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years. He runs the online blog, "The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong," at dippermouth.blogspot.com and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world, including the Institute of Jazz Studies, the Satchmo Summerfest, the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has taught a "Music of Louis Armstrong" graduate course at Queens College and a six-week "Swing University" course on Louis Armstrong at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Location: East Brunswick Public Library - 2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive
East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
Special instructions: Free and open to the public--no tickets or registration required.
Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the East Brunswick Human Relations Council.