Saturday, February 4, 2023

Louis Armstrong: Black and Blues

Excellent documentary that explores the life and artistic career of the father of jazz, Louis Armstrong (1901, New Orleans – 1971, New York).
From his humble family origins in poverty in a slum in New Orleans, Louisiana, wandering the streets and working in a junk collection, to his first forays into music in the band New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs, an improvisation African-American children to the school where he was sent on some occasions.
After meeting the legendary jazz trumpeter Joe “King” Oliver (1885–1938)—his protector and mentor—in New Orleans, his career began to develop until he moved to the city of Chicago where he was found in Oliver’s orchestra. Was invited to join, where he went.
Joe “King” Oliver’s orchestra was a true school for Louis Armstrong, as it was one of the most important jazz bands in Chicago during the 1920s.
When he married Oliver’s pianist Lillian Hardin in 1924, knowing his extraordinary talent, she encouraged him to seek new artistic pursuits and they moved to New York where his musical career began with great recordings, the United States and Europe. Catapulted with an extensive tour of. Until his participation in notable films, which made him famous all over the world.
Louis Armstrong: Black and Blues premieres October 28, 2022 on Apple TV.
Sacha Jenkins (1971, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a writer, producer and author of the documentaries Fresh Dressed (2015), Word Is Bond (2018), Rapture (TV series, 2018), Wu-Tang Clan: Hip Hop Revolution. TV series, 2019), Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (2021), Everything’s Gonna Be All White (TV series, 2022), among others.

Louis Armstrong: Black and Blues (Black and Blues: Louis Armstrong, Gant du Jazz, United States, 2022). Director: Sacha Jenkins. Con: Louis Armstrong, Lucille Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, Miles Davis, Leonard Feather, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Orson Welles, Dan Morgenstern; Screenplay: Sacha Jenkins; Photography: Ed Lachman; Music: Terence Blanchard; Editing: Jason Pollard, Alma Herrera-Pazmino. Duration: 104 minutes.

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