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Recollections of Satchmo, 1959

When Louis Armstrong came to Italy

Louis Armstrong, Turin, Italy, May 1959
Louis Armstrong, Turin, Italy, May 1959

JazzTimes reader Girish Trivedi, of Mumbai, India, sent in some recently discovered photographs of Louis Armstrong performing in Italy. Below are Trivedi’s memories of that concert and a meditation on Armstrong’s legacy.

I recently found two pictures of the Louis Armstrong Sextet that I had taken from the audience on my Brownie, of a live concert that took place at Teatro Alfieri in Turin, Italy, on May 1, 1959. The group had Armstrong on trumpet, Trummy Young on trombone, Peanuts Hucko on clarinet, Arvell Shaw on bass, Billy Kyle on piano and Danny Barcelona on drums.

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