Satchmo: Basin Street Blues and Blue Yodel No. 9

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A while back I told you about an Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame exhibit about American jazz musicians touring the world as cultural ambassadors during the Cold War. The exhibit has since moved on, but you can see it online: Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors. Here's Louis Armstrong (born on this day in 1901) and His All-Stars on one such goodwill tour, in Stuttgart, West Germany:

According to the description on YouTube, here's the lineup:

Louis Armstrong - trumpet
Trummy Young - trombone
Peanuts Hucko - clarinet
Billy Kyle - piano
Mort Herbert - bass
Danny Barcelona - drums

(Via Wilhelm Murg on Facebook)

Something you may not have known about Louis Armstrong: He played trumpet and his wife played piano on a 1930 Jimmie Rodgers recording - "Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' on the Corner)." Here's Armstrong talking about the song and then performing it with Johnny Cash in 1970.

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