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Louis Armstrong&His Allstars 1951 Live Broadcast

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Louis Armstrong (tp), Jack Teagarden (tb), Barney Bigard (cl), Earl "Fatha" Hines (p), Arvell Shaw (b), Cozy Cole (dm) and unidentified guitarist. Recorded April - May 1951The first half of the year 1951 was to find Louis Armstrong and the Allstars touring the west coast as far as Vancouver B.C. (Palomar Supper Club) and south to Los Angeles (Tiffany Club). This period was to mark the last months of this great al star group as various members would soon leave to pursue personal goals elsewhere.After closing of the Tiffany Club on April 19, 1951, Louis and the Allstars remained in Los Angeles till the 23rd to complete a recording session for Decca. This was to be their last. The next day (24th) they headed north to appear at the 150 club in San Fransisco. While in San Fransisco, Louis appeared on a Bing Crosby Chesterfield broadcast (25th) and then flew to Los Angeles on the 27th to record Gone Fishin' with Bing for Decca. It was sometime during this period in San Fransisco that Louis and the Allstars made a school broadcast for the Standard Oil Company of California. These broadcasts were made on 16'' transcriptions for Standard Oil and sent to schools throughout the United States as educational aids to be used in the classroom. The musical director of the program was Carmen Dragon; the announcer, John Grover; cast, Jack Of All Tunes - Clancy Hayes, Matt The Mapmaker - Jack Cahill.The program opens with Jack and Matt entering a small Cafe in New Orleans to visit friends and hear some good Jazz music. As they approach the platform Louis begins to sing Lazy River. After singing the first verse Earl Hines takes a short Piano solo followed by Louis' Trumpet.Side two opens with Louis and Jack singing DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS? from the 1947 movie "New Orleans" in which Louis and Billie Holiday introduced the song, Following the vocal, Teagarden solos with the band joining in for the out chorus. The next peice is a good example of the blues. BACK O' TOWN BLUES opens with Jack Teagardens' distinct Trombone followed by Louis' Trumpet to the end.Louis own composition, STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE is next. Of particular interest here is the sound of an unamplified Guitar in the Rhythm section. Waters in his book "Jack Teagardens' music"; mentions the Guitar but is unable to identify who he might be. Could this mysterious player be Perry Botkins, Bing Crosby's accompanist in San Fransisco for for the Crosby broadcast of the 25th, who dropped by to sit in? If so, then a more appropiate date for the Standard broadcast could be made as having occured sometime during the first week of the 150 Club engagement.The final selection from the Armstrong portion features Earl "Fatha" Hines playing an exerpt from his BOOGIE WOOGIE ON ST. LOUIS BLUES.Notes by Wayne Knight 1976

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