Louis Armstrong: Master Of Modernism

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'Little Louis' Armstrong journeys north from New Orleans to Chicago to join his mentor.

A definitive account by Thomas Brothers of Louis Armstrong, his life and legacy, during the most creative period of his career.

Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations. But his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.

Episode 1:

'Little Louis' Armstrong makes the long journey north from New Orleans to Chicago to join his mentor, 'King Oliver' - and a new jazz era is born.

Reader: Colin McFarlane

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

A definitive account by Thomas Brothers of Louis Armstrong, his life and legacy, during the most creative period of his career.

Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations. But his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.

Episode 1:

'Little Louis' Armstrong makes the long journey north from New Orleans to Chicago to join his mentor, 'King Oliver' - and a new jazz era is born.

Reader: Colin McFarlane

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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As his career in Chicago blossoms, Louis grows close to Lil Hardin, a beautiful pianist.

A definitive account by Thomas Brothers of Louis Armstrong, his life and legacy, during the most creative period of his career.

Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations. But his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.

Episode 2:

As his career in Chicago continues to blossom, Louis grows close to Lil Hardin, a beautiful pianist, and starts to distance himself from his long-time mentor, Joe 'King' Oliver.

Reader: Colin McFarlane

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Louis is offered a big break in New York, which brings a whole new dimension to his music.

A definitive account by Thomas Brothers of Louis Armstrong, his life and legacy, during the most creative period of his career.

Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations. But his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.

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Louis is offered a big break with a jazz band in New York and, although he much prefers life in Chicago, his New York adventure will bring a whole new dimension to his music.

Reader: Colin McFarlane

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Louis brings his new style back to Chicago and moves into a new social and musical sphere.

A definitive account by Thomas Brothers of Louis Armstrong, his life and legacy, during the most creative period of his career.

Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations. But his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.

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Louis brings his new style back to Chicago, making some of his first great recordings and also moving into a new entertainment sphere - working and playing in the theatre.

Reader: Colin McFarlane

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Louis's star rises on the cabaret circuit with white audiences - but is he selling out?

A definitive account by Thomas Brothers of Louis Armstrong, his life and legacy, during the most creative period of his career.

Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations. But his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.

Episode 5:

Louis befriends Al Capone. He's singing and dancing for white audiences, and embracing the popular big band sound, but is he selling out?

Reader: Colin McFarlane

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.