A Photograph, A Story: "Louis Armstrong"

Louis Armstrong in concert in Paris in 1965
"The jazzman Louis Armstrong in concert in Paris, June 5, 1965." Agence France-presse

Photography Louis Armstrong in concert in Paris in 1965, by Agence France-Presse



ArtPhotoLimited : A concert that will give rise to an album

On June 4, 1965, Louis Armstrong, a world-renowned jazzman, performs at the Palais des Sports in Paris. He plays his trompet on his most famous works such as Hello Dolly and Mack The Knife. He is accompanied by Danny Barcelona on drums, Jewell Brown on vocals, Buddy Catlett on bass, Tyree Glenn Jr on saxophone and Billy Kyle on piano. During this performance, Louis Armstrong plays 20 original works, recorded live. The album "The best live concert in Paris 1965" offers 1h13 of pure pleasure sound to jazz lovers.

"Little Armstrong" takes his first steps as a trumpet player in a correctional home

We are in 1913, the young Armstrong is 13 years old when he is arrested for "disturbing public order", after shooting in the air with a 9mm revolver found in his mother's business . He is then placed for a year and a half in a correctional home for children of color. There he meets Peter Davis, the music teacher who will change his life. In 1922, he left New Orleans for Chicago and quickly became famous: he recorded his first records accompanied by his orchestra, the Hot Five. From then on, successes follow one another in Europe and in the United States. In 1929, in New York, he played with Fats Waller for the magazine Hot Chocolate. Throughout his performances, Armstrong becomes one of the most famous musicians in the world: he is now considered the godfather of Jazz. In 1956 and 1957 he collaborated with Ella Fitzgerald on several albums. With age, Louis Armstrong performs more and more as a singer, he records the hits "Hello Dolly" in 1964 and "What a wonderful world" in 1967. The artist dies in his sleep on July 6 1971 following several hospital stays.

Blessed and cursed lips at once



Louis Armstrong, has multiplied nicknames inspired by the size of his lips during his career. Called regularly "Satchmo" in reference to his "bag-shaped mouth", he also played a song called "Dipper Mouth Blues" at the time he was part of the orchestra Joe Oliver, in reference to this nickname. However, his smiling lips caused him a lot of suffering. They were damaged with time, by dint of looking for sharp notes. They exploded one evening in 1932 while performing "Them There Eyes" in Baltimore. Armstrong would have struggled to the end of the piece before concluding with a breath-taking counter-fa. 

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