“Louis Armstrong Centennial Radio Project” Modular Series

Hosted by Author and Music Critic, Stanley Crouch

The Louis Armstrong Centennial Radio Project, hosted by Stanley Crouch pushes aside the veil that exists when looking at a man of a different era, to appreciate that he was not trapped by the limitations of being black in America at that time, but a fully engaged player and sovereign of his destiny. We bring you sixteen, 3sixteen 3-minute segments created
by Producer Jim Luce, in which we hear the voices of Louis himself, Ella, Billie, Dizzy, Louis Jordan and many, many more who bring to life the force of nature that was Louis Armstrong.

1. Billie Holiday Talks About Louis’ Influence
2. Louis and Ella Fitzgerald Duets
3. The Louis Armstrong All-Stars band
4. Louis and Louie Jordan
5. Louis Talks about Bessie Smith’s Influence
6. Louis Flees to Europe and Take it by a Storm
7. Louis as a Singer
8. Louis as “King of the Zulus” – Mardi Gras 1949
9. William Kennedy (Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist) Talks about Meeting Louis
10. Armstrong Duets: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, “Fatha” Hines, and Bing Crosby
11. Louis Nurtured by King Oliver
12. Joe Wilder (Trumpeter) Talks about Meeting his Idol, Louis Armstrong
13. Arvelle Shaw (Bassist) Talks About Being a Member of the All-Star Band
14. Harry Sweets Edison (Trumpeter) Talks about Inspiration from Louis
15. Louis Talks About His Friendship with Dizzy Gillespie
Louis Remembers…