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Dr. John to Release Louis Armstrong Tribute Album

“Ske-Dat-De-Dat...The Spirit of Satch” features numerous guest artists

Dr. John Jazzfest 2011
Dr. John at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo: Joel A. Siegel)

Dr. John will make his Concord Records debut Aug. 19 with Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit of Satch, a tribute to Louis Armstrong. The album includes 13 numbers drawn from various phases of Armstrong’s career, and includes a number of guest artists: Bonnie Raitt on “I’ve Got the World on a String,” Ledisi and the McCrary Sisters on “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” Anthony Hamilton on “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” Shemekia Copeland on “Sweet Hunk O’ Trash,” and the Blind Boys of Alabama on both “What a Wonderful World” and “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams.”

Musicians performing on the album include Nicholas Payton, Terence, Arturo Sandoval, Wendell Brunious and James Andrews, along with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Prior to making the album, Dr. John honored Satchmo on stage at “Props to Pops,” at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2012 and at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2013.

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