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Louis Armstrong

To My Mammy

by Rich Conaty

Tonight's typically crowded "Big Broadcast" includes King Oliver, the trumpet-playing leader who brought Louis Armstrong to Chicago in 1922. Oliver's career on record was brief, 1923 to 1931, and he didn't always make the wisest career moves, like turning down the job at the Cotton Club that catapulted Duke Ellington to global fame. His chops went bad by the early 30s, but he continued touring with groups until 1936. He passed two years later.

Lady Day and Satchmo

by John Platt
T. Charles Erickson

A pair of jazz icons are being portrayed in one-actor plays based on true events near the ends of their lives - Billie Holiday in Lady at Emerson's Bar and Grill  at Circle in the Square and Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf at the Westside Theatre. The difference is that Billie is playing for seven customers at a dive in South Philadelphia, just months before her death at 44, while Louis is performing for an appreciative audience at the Waldorf-Astoria and even staying at the hotel.