Known for his gravelly voice, his spontaneous scat, and his trumpet virtuosity, Louis Armstrong was a jazz giant.
ARIA award-nominee Geoff Power and his band, as well as local musicians, will celebrate the melodies and memory of the legendary great Satchmo at the annual Jazz in the Glen. The festival is famous for its food, wine, and fabulous jazz.
Power says, “As all jazz lovers know, Louis was the greatest jazz musician that ever lived. So much of what us jazz musicians do was invented by him.
“He was one of the most popular and beloved entertainers of the 20th Century. To this day, we still often hear that voice and that trumpet on TV commercials and movie soundtracks. His music is part of the soundtrack of our lives.”
Power will perform several landmark jazz recordings from Armstrong’s early career, including Hot Five, Hot Seven and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. The second half of the tribute celebrates Armstrong’s later years with the All-Stars, including his big hits Hello Dolly and Mack The Knife.
Promising to capture Armstrong’s inimitable swing and sense of fun, Power confidently says, “I’ve made a lifetime study of his trumpet style – when you close your eyes and listen to that trumpet, you’ll be hearing Louis.” (CC)
Aug 9, Glen Street Theatre, Glen St & Blackbutt Rd, Belrose, $10-75 (festival pass), glenstreet.com.au