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New Orleans Calling: In Search of Satchmo

Starting this month, WWOZ’s nationally-syndicated one-hour program New Orleans All The Way Live has been renamed and re-imagined in a great new form, with a new name — New Orleans Calling.

Welcome to the WWOZ’s new nationally syndicated program, NEW ORLEANS CALLING! We have lots in store for you!

The presence and spirit of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong  can be found in books, in movies, and on recordings spanning many decades — but in New Orleans, he’s very much alive in another way: in the spirit of the musicians of the city.  On this week’s program, titled “In Search of Satchmo,” we go looking for that spirit through music and stories.

Listen to this week’s episode of New Orleans Calling.

You can listen to NEW ORLEANS CALLING on WWOZ every Saturday morning from 7-8 a.m., and you can listen online to recent episodes!

Every week on NEW ORLEANS CALLING, we provide additional material online to accompany each show, in case you’re interested in finding out more… Sometimes it’s going more in-depth, sometimes it’s something cool we didn’t have time to go into, and sometimes it’s just plain fun.

Here’s a list of interesting links and information about the stories and music in this week’s show, “In Search of Satchmo”:

Louis Armstrong always celebrated his birthday on July 4, but admitted he didn’t actually know his real birthday.  After his death, a researcher in New Orleans discovered he had been born on August 4, 1901.  And now the first weekend of August in New Orleans every year is when Satchmo Summerfest is held!  This is a great festival at the Old US Mint in the French Quarter of New Orleans,  filled with music, panels, and parades.

Here’s Satchmo himself, singing “What A Wonderful World”:

Here’s a video of Nicholas Payton, Wendell Brunious, Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, and Marcus Belgrave performing at the Trumpet Summit for Louis Armstrong, at Jazz Ascona in Switzerland. This lineup has to be seen to be believed:

Here’s a great version of “Skokiaan,” recorded by Kermit Ruffins, filmed at Vaughan’s Lounge in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. With a cameo appearance by the late “Uncle” Lionel Batiste.

And from Jazz Ascona in 2013, here’s the young musician Travis Hill, also known as Trumpet Black:


(show opening music bed was “West End Blues” by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five)
Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars – “When You’re Smiling”
(music bed: Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars – “All of Me”)
Gregg Stafford and Brian Carrick – “Kiss to Build a Dream On”
(music bed: Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five – “Melancholy”)
New Orleans All-Star Stompers with Nicholas Payton – “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue”
(music bed: Louis Armstrong – “Cornet Chop Suey”)
Leroy Jones  – “Ain’t Misbehavin'”
(music bed: Gil Evans – “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue”)

Louis Armstrong – “Skokiaan”
(music bed:   Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra – “Muggles”)
Kermit Ruffins – “If You’re a Viper”
Louis Armstrong and the Dukes of Dixieland  –  “Bill Bailey”
(music bed: Kevin Clark & Tom McDermott –  “St. Louis Blues”)
Connie Jones’ Crescent City Jazz Band  – “I’m Sorry I Made You Cry”
Connie Jones’ Crescent City Jazz Band –  “Swing that Music”
Louis Armstrong All-Stars – “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans”
(closing bed: Louis Armstrong with Leon Thomas – “The Creator has a Master Plan”)

NEW ORLEANS CALLING is a production of WWOZ, listener-supported community radio in the Crescent City, with support from and New Orleans Calling is an internationally syndicated weekly radio show produced by George Ingmire highlighting the unique music, food, festivals, and culture of the Crescent City. Ingmire culls from WWOZ’s vast library of live recordings and connects with musicians from across the city to bring you one-of-a-kind music and musician interviews — from flagship music festivals to living room concerts.

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