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The Louis Armstrong Companion: Eight Decades of Commentary
Nearly three decades after his death, Louis Armstrong is still recognized as one of the greatest performers and musicians of our time. Drawing on the rich resources of the Louis Armstrong Archives, jazz historian Joshua Berrett has compiled a tribute to the great trumpeter/vocalist/"Ambassador of Jazz, " Louis Armstrong. Included in this collection are Armstrong's ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Schirmer Trade Books
(first published August 1st 1998)
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This book has a lot of overlap with Louis Armstrong in His Own Words; I just reread the sections that weren't included in that book, like Armstrong's fascinating 14-page 1941 letter to critic Leonard Feather. Well worth reading for Satchmo fans and jazz fans; probably of no interest to anyone else.