Smithsonian Folkways just dropped a last minute surprise on us for Jazz Appreciation Month. Satchmo At The National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-Ly Yours by the jazz icon Louis Armstrong is an impromptu performance at the National Press Club in Washington DC, and hit stores yesterday.
In 1971, the inventive cornet and trumpet player turned an award ceremony into an amazing performance, and unfortunately it was one of his last as Louis passed away 5 months later. This performance with longtime bandmates Tyree Glenn and Tommy Gwaltney had Armstrong belting out classics like “Mack The Knife” and “Hello Dolly,” which you can listen to exclusively here. Originally released as a limited vinyl in 1972, this legendary performance has never been available digitally — until now.
The release will be commemorated with a ceremony and concert on Friday, April 27th, at the National Press Club itself. Starting at 1:00 p.m., the event will consist of a press conference featuring officials from Smithsonian Folkways, the National Press Club and the Louis Armstrong Foundation, and a discussion with Q&A with musical experts. A reception will follow with the album played in its entirety. Get the album today, and if you’re in DC, stop by for the ceremony!