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Preview — What a Wonderful World by Ricky Riccardi
What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years
Prodigiously researched and richly detailed, this is a comprehensive account of the remarkable final twenty-five years of the life and art of one of America’s greatest and most beloved musical icons.
Much has been written about Louis Armstrong, but the majority of it focuses on the early and middle stages of his long career. Now, Ricky Riccardi—jazz scholar and musician—tak
Like the author I believe that this era, with Louis Armstrong’s powerful vocalizations, vaulted him to an untouchable m ...more
In 1947 Louis Armstrong disbanded his big band and formed "The All Stars", a six piece unit he would work with until his death in 1972. When first formed the group truly was an all star aggregation. All the members were jazz luminaries. Over the years, as the personel changed, the stars were replaced by musicians known within the music world but not known to the general public as well as those of ...more