“If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know": Original Program Signed by Louis Armstrong and His All Stars

  • “Satchmo”: Louis Armstrong And His All Stars Original Program.

“Satchmo”: Louis Armstrong And His All Stars Original Program.

Item Number: 95184

Northampton, Massachusetts: The Northampton Jaycees, 1947.

Rare original program from Louis Armstrong and His All Stars’ performance at the John M. Greene Hall in Northampton Massachusetts during their All Star tour. Octavo, 6 pages. Boldly signed by Louis Armstrong on the program cover. Additionally signed by Clarinetist Ed Hall, Trombonist Trummy Young, Pianist Billy Kyle, Bassist Mort Herbert, and Vocalist Velma Middleton. In near fine condition. A unique example.

During the 1940s, a widespread revival of interest in the traditional jazz of the 1920s made it possible for Armstrong to consider a return to the small-group musical style of his youth after settling permanently in Queens, New York. Following a highly successful small-group jazz concert at New York Town Hall on May 17, 1947, featuring Armstrong with trombonist/singer Jack Teagarden, Armstrong's manager, Joe Glaser dissolved the Armstrong big band on August 13, 1947, and established a six-piece traditional jazz group featuring Armstrong with Teagarden, Earl Hines and other top swing and Dixieland musicians, most of whom were previously leaders of big bands. This group was called Louis Armstrong and His All Stars and included at various times Earl "Fatha" Hines, Barney Bigard, Edmond Hall, Jack Teagarden, Trummy Young, Arvell Shaw, Billy Kyle, Marty Napoleon, Big Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole, Tyree Glenn, Barrett Deems, Mort Herbert, Joe Darensbourg, Eddie Shu and percussionist Danny Barcelona. During this period, Armstrong made many recordings and appeared in over thirty films.