4/30/15 Exclusive Screening of Louis Armstrong Live in Concert, East Berlin 1965 to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s First Historic Tour Behind the Iron Curtain
Behind the Iron CurtainExclusive Screening of Louis Armstrong Live in Concert, East Berlin 1965 to Celebrate the Anniversary
In honor of International Jazz Day 2015, the Louis Armstrong House Museum in partnership with the Museum of Moving Image will host the exclusive screening of Louis Armstrong’s complete concert in East Berlin performed on March 22, 1965.This concert was held at the Berlin Friedrichstadtpalast in the middle of Armstrong’s first historic tour behind the Iron Curtain. Of equal importance, the East Berlin concert represents the only surviving footage of a complete, two-set show by Armstrong’s All Stars. Provided by the research collections of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, this concert has never been shown on American television or made available on home video, making this a rare chance to experience the thrill of a live Louis Armstrong concert performance.
In 1965, in East Berlin, you couldn’t buy a Louis Armstrong record but every concert was sold out and Armstrong received unrestrained standing ovations and was mobbed for autographs after each show. This concert screening represents the deep impact of Ambassador Satch as America’s Ambassador of Goodwill and is the perfect program to honor International Jazz Day.
The concert features a showstopping, multi-encore version of Hello, Dolly!. In addition to hits such as “Mack the Knife,” “Blueberry Hill” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In,” Armstrong also blows spectacular trumpet on instrumentals “Indiana,” “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” and “Royal Garden Blues.” Each of Armstrong’s All Stars–including trombonist Tyree Glenn, clarinetist Eddie Shu, pianist Billy Kyle, bassist Arvell Shaw, drummer Danny Barcelona and vocalist Jewel Brown–also get a chance to shine on features of their own choosing. The highlight of the concert is Armstrong’s emotionally charged rendition of “(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue.” This rendition of “Black and Blue,” is one of the most chilling moments of the trumpeter ever captured on film.
Louis Armstrong Live in Concert, East Berlin 1965
Thursday, April 30, 2015
6:30–7:30 p.m. Reception with rice and beans
7:30 p.m. screening with introduction by Ricky Riccardi, LAHM Archivist
At Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY
Following a reception featuring Louis’s favorite red beans and rice, Ricky Riccardi, LAHM Archivist and foremost scholar on Louis Armstrong, will introduce the screening in the Museum’s Redstone Theater.
The reception is provided by Queens’s based Coffeed, a locally sourced restaurant and artisanal food purveyor. Tickets: $15 / $9 Museum of Moving Image members at the Film Lover level and above / Free for Louis Armstrong House Museum members.
Advance tickets are suggested and are available online at movingimage.us. Event link: http://www.movingimage.us/jazzday2015
Louis Armstrong House Museum
Thanks to the vision and funding of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the Louis Armstrong House Museum welcomes visitors from all over the world, six days per week, 52 weeks per year. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Association of African American Museums, Museums Council of New York City, New York State Museums Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, NYC & Co., and the Queens Tourism Council. The museum is a constituent of Kupferberg Center for the Arts and cultural organization of Queens College, CUNY. For more information, go to LouisArmstrongHouse.org
Museum of Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image (movingimage.us) advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. In its stunning facilities —acclaimed for both its accessibility and bold design—the museum presents exhibitions; screenings of significant works; discussion programs featuring actors, directors, craftspeople, and business leaders; and education programs which serve more than 50,000 students each year. The museum also houses a significant collection of moving-image artifacts.
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