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Ricky Riccardi: Armstrong Reconsidered

Author of new book on Louis Armstrong’s later years talks about his obsession with the trumpeter’s legacy

Ricky Riccardi
Ricky Riccardi

Most jazz authors begin their careers writing pieces for newspapers or magazines (or even blogs) and then eventually get around to doing a book after several years in the journalistic trenches. Ricky Riccardi is very much an exception to that rule. Riccardi studied the life and music of Louis Armstrong in both college and graduate school and he eventually turned all that research into an engaging book about the legendary trumpeter’s later years, which Riccardi believes have often been overlooked or even maligned. What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years has just been published by Pantheon Books.

Riccardi spoke with JazzTimes about his unique path to book authorship and about his passion for the life and music of Louis Armstrong.

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