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Louis Armstrong in Disneyland

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Trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong was born on August 4th, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The young Louis, despite being raised in harsh economic conditions, took up the cornet and began playing with local bands.

At 22, Armstrong boarded a train for Chicago. The course of American music would forever be changed.

It is hard to overestimate Armstrong’s influence on jazz; some key aspects of the music, like extended improvised solos and scat singing, owe most of their existence to him.

Armstrong was more than a musician -- he isan American icon.

In a TV broadcast originally aired on April 15th 1962 Louis Armstrong performs in Disneyland aboard the riverboat Mark Twain also featuring Monette Moore vocals, Mike DeLay trumpet, Kid Ory trombone, Paul Barnes clarinet, Harvey Brooks piano, Johnny St. Cyr banjo, and Alton Redd drums.

This footage is taken from "Disneyland After Dark" an episode of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" with a band including the two former members of Louis Armstrong's "Hot Five", Kid Ory and Johnny St. Cyr.

Set List:

1 "Lazy River"
2 "Muskrat Ramble"
3 "Bourbon Street Parade"

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