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Eddie Allen, Cecil Bridgewater & Duane Eubanks - trumpets
James Weidman - piano
Belden Bullock - acoustic bass
E.J. Strickland - drums

One of New York City's most versatile musician, Eddie Allen brings THREE trumpeters and an all-star ensemble to pay tribute to the legacy and music of jazz great and American icon, "Satchmo." Featuring iconic hits, such as, Struttin' With Some Bar-B-Cue, Rockin' Chair, Mack The Knife, Hello Dolly, Do You Know What It Means, To Miss New Orleans and many more!

Louis Daniel ”Satchmo" Armstrong (August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971), is one of America's first superstars. He was a musician, singer, composer, songwriter, entertainer, performer, Broadway & TV actor, movie star, celebrity, writer, club owner, ambassador of goodwill and civil rights activist. He topped the music charts in every decade from the 1920s until the 1960s. He was one of the first Blacks to integrate his band. He was the first Black to receive equal billing to White movie stars in Hollywood films. He was the first Black to host a nationally syndicated radio show. His influence as a singer was felt by such singers as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Nat "King" Cole, to name a few. His influence as a trumpeter is still felt today.

Next to Marilyn Monroe, he's considered to be one of the most photographed persons of the 20th century.

Louis said scat singing was something they use to do in the quartets in New Orleans. “Heebie Jeebies” is the 1st recording with scat singing on it (done by Louis). Louis did it because he dropped the music during the recording and didn’t want to stop and ruin it. This was something new to everybody outside of New Orleans.

Some of Louis’ greatest trumpet recordings were done with his Hot 5 & Hot 7 groups from 1925-27. These groups made 65 records in those 3 years. Surprisingly, these groups were assembled for the sole purpose of recording. They never toured or performed live. These are recordings of Louis in his prime.

In 1936, he became the 1st African American jazz musician to write an autobiography, “Swing That Music.” That same year he became the 1st African American to get featured billing in a major Hollywood movie, “Pennies From Heaven”. In 1937, he became the 1st African American entertainer to host a nationally sponsored radio show when he took over Rudy Vallee’s show for 12 weeks.

  • When: Sat Aug. 25
    8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Address: 85 Lyme Street
    Old Lyme CT,US 06371

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