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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington

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American Freedom / The Great Summit / Together for the First Time is a 1961 jazz album (re released 2001) by jazz giants Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. They lead a small band playing classic compositions by Ellington such as ‘Mood Indigo’ and ‘Black And Tan Fantasy’

By 1961 jazz was falling out of favour with the general public but this shows two of the most important people in early jazz still able to produce amazing music year after they have fallen out of the spotlight.

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong
b. 4th August 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
d. 6th July 1971, New York, New York State, U.S.A.
Louis Daniel Armstrong (he preferred his given name pronounced as Lewie or Louie; also known by the nicknames Satchmo, for satchel-mouth, and Pops) was an American jazz musician. Armstrong was a charismatic, innovative performer whose musical skills and bright personality transformed jazz from a rough regional dance music into a popular art form. One of the most famous jazz musicians of the 20th century, he first achieved fame as a trumpeter, but toward the end of his career he was best known as a vocalist and was one of the most influential jazz singers.

Duke Ellington
b. 29/04/1899
d. 24/05/1974

“Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.”
Duke Ellington

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