Thursday, January 21, 2016

One-Man Play Has Louis Armstrong Looking Back at His Life

One-Man Play Has Louis Armstrong Looking Back at His Life

Free symposium: Mon, Jan 25, 7:30pm

The Beverly Arts Center is thrilled to be part of the Louis Armstrong Festival and will be telling another version of Louis Armstrong’s life with the assistance of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and archivist Ricky Riccardi. The archives, located at Queens College in New York, will be loaning components that will highlight his gig at the Waldorf, Race and Civil Rights, Armstrong in Chicago, and finally his relationship with manager Joe Glaser.

Along with the exhibit, the BAC will be hosting a free symposium on Monday, January 25 at 7:30pm featuring Terry Teachout, playwright of Satchmo at the Waldorf, being presented at Court Theatre, and Ricky Riccardi, Louis Armstrong House Museum archivist. Mr. Riccardi will also share some of the 700 reel to reel recordings made by Armstrong throughout his life.

A film festival will highlight Armstrong’s work in February when the BAC will show three films of importance in Armstrong’s life. High Society will kick things off on February 3 at 7:30pm. February 5 at 7:30pm will feature Cabin in the Sky. Sunday, February 7 at 3pm will wrap the series with a special documentary loaned from the Armstrong archives. Satchmo the Great, made by Edward R. Murrow, is a 1957 biography film of the jazz-great. He and his band tour the world as American good-will ambassadors bringing jazz at its best to the people of the world. Within the film, the life of Louis Armstrong is portrayed through the music. One of the outstanding scenes in this "biography/docudrama" shows blind songwriter W. C. Handy, with tears streaming down his face, as Armstrong, backed by Leonard Bernstein leading the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, play Handy's immortal "St. Louis Blues."