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New Orleans-born trumpeter and singer, the greatest of all jazz nusicians.
Born into extreme poverty, it was while Armstrong was serving a sentence for delinquency that he learned to play the cornet. Released from the institution in 1914, he worked as a musician in local bars and by 1919 had joined the band led by Edward “Kid” Ory. In 1922 he joined King Oliver’s band in Chicago and a few years later, with his “Hot Five” and “Hot Seven” studio bands, set new standards of musicianship in early jazz recordings. A 1926 recording of his use of Scat Singing started a new vogue in jazz, and he became its leading exponent.
From the late 1920s Armstrong, then playing trumpet, began two decades as a star soloist and singer with various big bands. In 1947 the formation of his first All Stars group marked a return to small-group jazz.
Armstrong made the first of many overseas tours in 1933.He appeared in more than 50 films as a musician and entertainer.
This is a very fine programme (10.5" x 8.25") for his 1962 tour of Britain with his All Stars. There's an excellent signature and inscription ("To Linda, Yours, Louis Armstrong") in green ink to the left side of a central double page photo spread. In very good condition.
The programme comes with the original advertising flyer (unsigned) for Armstrong's appearance at the Odean, Southend on the 30th April, 1962. This has been well looked-after by the collector and is in mint condition.