PBS American Masters

Season 4 Episode 3

Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jul 31, 1989 on PBS
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Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong
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The evolution and extraordinary musical creations of the nation's best-known jazz musician.
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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Armstrong is generally credited with introducing the solo instrumental to early jazz, a departure from the group dynamic of the earlier "Dixieland" music.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • "Doc" Cheatham (jazz trumpeter): You couldn't buy his records when they first came out, no one could. They were selling like hotcakes. Even the grocery stores were selling them and you were very,very lucky to get one.

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      • This film has numerous archival clips and features comments from colleagues and experts, including Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Lester Bowie, Dexter Gordon, and Milt Hinton.

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