Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours

Louis Armstrong, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney SFS60005

Jazz icon Louis Armstrong, always the consummate entertainer, turned a 1971 award ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington DC into an impromptu performance—despite recent poor health. It was one of his last concerts before he passed away 5 months later. Joined by longtime band-mates Tyree Glenn and Tommy Gwaltney, Armstrong shows no signs of frailty while singing, and to everyone’s surprise, playing trumpet on classics including “Mack the Knife” and “Rocking Chair.” The recording was originally a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club in 1972. Armstrong often signed letters “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours,” which makes for an apt title for the recording especially since his favorite recipes—everything from Louisiana Caviar to the Sazerac—are included in the liner notes, as they were in the original pressing. 11 tracks, 58 minutes.

This recording was produced in collaboration with The National Press Club and The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.

Year Released 1972
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Special Series
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2012 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1972 National Press Club
Genre(s) American Popular; Jazz & Ragtime

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101 Introductions (When It's Sleepy Time Down South) Louis Armstrong 5:55
102 Hello Dolly Louis Armstrong 5:58
103 Rockin' Chair Louis Armstrong, Tyree Glenn 5:06
104 Boy From New Orleans Louis Armstrong 6:27
105 Mack the Knife Louis Armstrong 3:42
106 Royal Garden Blues Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney 9:15
107 Mood Indigo Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney 5:58
108 A Kiss To Build A Dream On Tyree Glenn 3:02
109 Love For Sale Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney 3:59
110 It's Alright With Me Tommy Gwaltney 4:17
111 Crazy Rhythm Tommy Gwaltney 3:56
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