Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars (1946 - 1956)

There is a critical perception that Louis Armstrong somehow abandoned his small-band roots when he moved away from the Hot 5 and 7 recordings of the 20's and recorded with the larger bands of the 30's. In reality, though, he had been playing with large units almost exclusively before and since his seminal records on OKeh. With the exception of a small number of hours recording those songs, he had spent the rest of the previous quarter century playing big band music.

In 1947, however, dogged by this undeserved collar and hounded by rising expenses for his touring band, he submitted to managerial pressure to unleash a small combo for a show at Town Hall in New York City; the concert was a howling success, leading the way for Louis to tour with the now-streamlined band he called his "All-Stars." With sporadic changes in personnel, this arrangement suited him for the rest of his performing career. In the studio, the All-Stars recorded scores of tunes, often re-recording the Hot classics from 25 years earlier, and re-rerecording them again when they changed labels.

Louis also frequently fronted elaborate orchestras with white-bread choruses, doing his best with the increasingly tepid pop material his manager provided him. Sometimes he was paired with other singers -- Ella Fitzgerald, Bing and Gary Crosby, and Louis Jordan -- to produce pleasant but forgettable platters. And occasionally, he could still mold a song -- "Mack the Knife" and "A Kiss to Build a Dream On", to name a few -- into an incomparable classic.

Professionally, it was a period of mushrooming excitement for Pops, who was now frequently releasing records and appearing on radio and in movies. In retrospect, however, it was a period of musical unfulfillment. Armstrong's manager, Joe Glaser, though a master at setting up successful concerts and tours, lacked the vision to showcase his number one artist in the light he deserved. Fortunately, others would soon give Louis Armstrong the latitude to lay down his most timeless tracks.

Although Armstrong retained a loyal following to the end of his days that was appreciative of his contribution to the world of music, his place at the vanguard of the music called "jazz" was taken by a new generation of virtuoso performers playing a new music: bop. But the true musical heirs of Louis Armstrong were not really the boppers. The jazz of Louis Armstrong's music was accessible, functional music that represented freedom for both the listener and the hearer. The jazz of Louis Armstrong was created by charismatic performers playing in an individual, idiosyncratic, rhythmically energetic style and peppering lyrics with nonsense syllables. The jazz of Louis Armstrong came from not from the conservatory but from the whorehouse, not from the aristocracy but from the southern proletariat. The jazz of Louis Armstrong was derided by the establishment as noise and its sexual energy was feared by the self-righteous. Although Armstrong could never have realized it, his true musical heirs didn't play something called "jazz", they played something called "Rock and Roll".

Esquire All-American 1946 Award Winners
January 10, 1946, New York, NY

Long, Long Journey (Feather, Leonard) [master PD6-VC-5020-1] -- Victor 40-4001
     Shavers, Charlie (Trumpet)
Snafu (Feather, Leonard) [master PD6-VC-5021-1] -- Victor 40-4001
     Hefti, Neal (Trumpet)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Hamilton, Jimmy (Clarinet)
Hodges, Johnny (Alto Saxophone)
Byas, Don (Tenor Saxophone)
Ellington, Duke (Piano)
Strayhorn, Billy (Piano)
Palmieri, Remo (Guitar)
Jackson, Chubby (Bass)
Greer, Sonny (Drums)

Another war-era dream team, this one headed by Louis and Duke Ellington. "Snafu" is the unforgettable track. Neil Hefti, honored as a trumpet player on the second track in this starfest, went on to be a key arranger for Count Basie and, in the 1960's, made a fortune when he composed the theme song for theBatman television series.

Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong With Bob Haggart's Orchestra
January 18, 1946, New York, NY

You Won't Be Satisfied (James; Stock) [master 73285-A] -- Decca 23496
The Frim Fram Sauce (Evans; Ricardel) [master 73286-A] -- Decca 23496

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Fitzgerald, Ella (Vocal)
Butterfield, Billy (Trumpet)
Stegmeyer, Bill (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Koening, George (Alto Saxophone)
Greenberg, Jack (Tenor Saxophone)
Drelinger, Art (Tenor Saxophone)
Schatz, Milton (Baritone Saxophone)
Bushkin, Joe (Piano)
Perri, Danny (Guitar)
Alpert, Trigger (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)
Haggart, Bob (Conductor, Arranger)

With the war and the recording ban over, Armstrong returns to the studio in earnest with the first of several memorable pairings with the incomparable Ella.

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
April 27, 1946, New York, NY

Linger In My Arms A Little Longer, Baby (Madigon, Herb) [master D6-VB-1736-1] -- Victor 20-1912
Whatta Ya Gonna Do (Skylar, Sunny; Lewis, Patrick) [master D6-VB-1737-1] -- Victor 20-1891
No Variety Blues (Armstrong, Louis; Fairbanks, Herman) [master D6-VB-1738-1] -- Victor 20-1891
Joseph 'N His Brudders (Armstrong, Louis; Belle, Barbara; Kroll, Bobby) [master D6-VB-1739-1] -- Victor 20-2612
Back O' Town Blues (Armstrong, Louis; Russell, Luis) [master D6-VB-1740-1] -- Victor 20-1912

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Jordan, Ludwig (Trumpet)
Mullens, Ed (Trumpet)
Ford, Andrew "Fatso" (Trumpet)
Scott, William "Chiefie" (Trumpet)
Moore, Russell "Big Chief" (Trombone)
Martin, Adam (Trombone)
Powe, Norman (Trombone)
Cobbs, Al (Trombone)
Hill, Don (Alto Saxophone)
Gordon, Amos (Alto Saxophone)
Sparrow, John (Tenor Saxophone)
Garland, Joe (Tenor Saxophone, Arranger, Conductor)
Thompson, Ernest (Baritone Saxophone)
Swanston, Ed (Piano)
Warner, Elmer (Guitar)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Ballard, Butch (Drums)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

There may be an alternate take available of WHATTA YA GONNA DO.

Radio Broadcast (radio)
August 4, 1946, Chicago, IL

Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven
September 6, 1946, Los Angeles, CA

I Want A Little Girl (Moll, Billy; Mencher, Murray) [master D6VB-2149] -- Victor 20-2612
Sugar (Pinkard, Maceo; Alexander, Edna; Mitchell, Sidney) [master D6VB-2150] -- Victor 40-0136
Blues For Yesterday (Carr, Les) [master D6VB-2151] -- Victor 20-2456
Blues In The South (Johnstone, William; Carr, Les) [master D6VB-2152] -- Victor 20-2456

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Dickenson, Vic (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Beal, Charlie (Piano)
Reuss, Allan (Guitar)
Callender, Red (Bass)
Singleton, Zutty (Drums)

Satch jams with the small band that (with the substitution of Budd Scott on guitar) will back him in the upcoming "New Orleans" movie.

New Orleans (film)
September 5 - October 8, 1946, Los Angeles, LA

West End Blues
Tiger Rag
Basin Street Blues
Buddy Bolden's Blues
Milenberg Joys
Where the Blues Were Born in New Orleans
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Maryland, My Maryland

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Ory, Kid (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Beal, Charlie (Piano)
Scott, Bud (Guitar)
Callender, Red (Bass)
Singleton, Zutty (Drums)

What started as an vehicle to tell something like the story of jazz's origins in New Orleans got slowly watered down into a tepid love story - with Billie Holiday as a maid. However, what's left is a priceless opportunity to see Billie Holiday and Louis together.

More info at imdb.com

New Orleans (film)
September 5 - October 8, 1946, Los Angeles, LA

Farewell to Storyville
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Holiday, Billie (Vocal)
Ory, Kid (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Beal, Charlie (Piano)
Scott, Bud (Guitar)
Callender, Red (Bass)
Singleton, Zutty (Drums)
Unknown personnel (Choir)

More info at imdb.com

New Orleans (film)
September 5 - October 8, 1946, Los Angeles, LA

Raymond St. Blues

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Beal, Charlie (Piano)
Scott, Bud (Guitar)
Callender, Red (Bass)

More info at imdb.com

New Orleans (film)
September 5 - October 8, 1946, Los Angeles, LA

Flee as a Bird / When the Saints Go Marching In

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Ory, Kid (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Beal, Charlie (Piano)
Scott, Bud (Guitar)
Callender, Red (Bass)
Singleton, Zutty (Drums)
Kennedy, George (Trumpet)
Yukl, Charles (Trumpet)
Ronka, Ellis (Trombone)
McEachern, Murray (Trombone)
Hennon, Robert (Clarinet)
Hamilton, John (Clarinet)
Murrow, Phillip (Baritone Saxophone)
Green, George E. (Tuba)
Boudreau, John (Drums)

More info at imdb.com

New Orleans (film)
September 5 - October 8, 1946, Los Angeles, LA

Dippermouth Blues
Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble
Ballin' the Jack
King Porter Stomp
Mahogany Hall Stomp

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Carey, Mutt (Trumpet)
Ory, Kid (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Thompson, Lucky (Tenor Saxophone)
Beal, Charlie (Piano)
Scott, Bud (Guitar)
Callender, Red (Bass)
Singleton, Zutty (Drums)

More info at imdb.com

New Orleans (film)
September 5 - October 8, 1946, Los Angeles, LA

Brahms' Lullaby

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Schutt, Arthur (Piano)

More info at imdb.com

New Orleans (film)
September 5 - October 8, 1946, Los Angeles, LA

Blues Are Brewin'
     Holiday, Billie (Vocal)
Endie

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Butler, Robert (Trumpet)
Gray, Louis (Trumpet)
Mullins, Ed (Trumpet)
Ford, Andrew "Fatso" (Trumpet)
Moore, Russell "Big Chief" (Trombone)
Williams, Waddet (Trombone)
Allen, Nat (Trombone)
Whitney, James (Trombone)
Hill, Don (Alto Saxophone)
Gordon, Amos (Alto Saxophone)
Sparrow, John (Tenor Saxophone)
Garland, Joe (Tenor Saxophone)
Thompson, Ernest (Baritone Saxophone)
Mason, Earl (Piano)
Warner, Elmer (Guitar)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
McConney, Ed (Drums)

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
October 17, 1946, Los Angeles, CA

Endie (DeLange, Eddie; Alter, Louis) [master DBVB-2190-1] -- Victor 20-2087
The Blues Are Brewin' (DeLange, Eddie; Alter, Louis) [master DBVB-2191-1] -- Victor LP LJM-1005

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Butler, Robert (Trumpet)
Gray, Louis (Trumpet)
Ford, Andrew "Fatso" (Trumpet)
Mullens, Ed (Trumpet)
Moore, Russell "Big Chief" (Trombone)
Williams, Waddet (Trombone)
Allen, Nat (Trombone)
Whitney, James (Trombone)
Hill, Don (Alto Saxophone)
Gordon, Amos (Alto Saxophone)
Sparrow, John (Tenor Saxophone)
Garland, Joe (Tenor Saxophone)
Thompson, Ernest (Baritone Saxophone)
Mason, Earl (Piano)
Warner, Elmer (Guitar)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
McConney, Edmond (Drums)

Louis Armstrong And His Dixieland Seven
October 17, 1946, Los Angeles, CA

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Alter, Lou; DeLange, Eddy) [master D6VB-2192-1] -- Victor 20-2087
Where The Blues Were Born In New Orleans (Dixon, Cliff; Carleton, Bob) [master D6VB-2193-1] -- Victor 20-2088
Mahogany Hall Stomp (Williams, Spencer) [master D6VB-2194-1] -- Victor 20-2088
Farewell To Storyville (Williams, Clarence) [master D6VB-2195] -- Victor unissued

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Ory, Kid (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Beal, Charlie (Piano)
Scott, Bud (Guitar)
Callender, Red (Bass)
Hall, Minor (Drums)

A collection of songs to promote the new movie includes a pleasant reunion with Kid Ory. "The Blues Are Brewin'" took some years to see the light Of day. The final track, "Farewell To Storyville", was never released and the master apparently destroyed.

Louis Armstrong with Edmond Hall And His Cafe Society Uptown Orchestra
February 8, 1947, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Flee As A Bird To The Mountain/ Didn't He Ramble (Traditional)
Dippermouth Blues
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Muskrat Ramble (Ory, Kid)
St. Louis Blues (Handy, W.C.)
Rockin' Chair (Charmichael, Hoagy)
Tiger Rag (LaRocca, N.)
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So) (Waller, Thomas; Razaf, Andy; Brooks, H.)
I'm Confessin'
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Lazy River
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)
Save It Pretty Mama (Redman)
Ain't Misbehavin' (Waller, Thomas; Razaf, Andy; Brooks, H.)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Randolph, Irving (Trumpet)
Chambers, Henderson (Trombone)
Hall, Edmond (Clarinet)
Bateman, Charlie (Piano)
Williams, Johnny (Bass)
Crawford, Jimmy (Drums)

The concert that turned the tide for Louis in his postwar career. The second half was his usual big-band line-up, but the first half boasted a slim 6-piece aggregation that harkened the demise of the Orchestra and the emergence of the All-Stars. Although it's nice to have a record of the event, the existing recording is of fairly poor quality.

Louis Armstrong with His Orchestra
February 8, 1947, Carnegie Hall, New York City

When It's Sleepy TIme Down South/Stompin' At The Savoy
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Mop Mop
Back O'Town Blues
You Won't Be Satisfied
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Alter, Lou; DeLange, Eddy)
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Alter, Lou; DeLange, Eddy)
Roll 'Em (Waller, Thomas; Razaf, Andy; Brooks, H.)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (Orchestra)

The second (big band) half of the concert. Great, frantic late-40's sounding charts, although Armstrong's playing is far from bop - and thankfully so. Billie Holiday makes a guest appearance on a single chorus of "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" (a song she introduced), but Armstrong does not play on the track.

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
March 12, 1947, New York, NY

I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder (Hutchinson, Daryl) [master D7VB-647-1] -- Victor 20-2228
I Believe (Cahn, Sammy; Styne, Jule) [master D7VB-648-1] -- Victor 20-2240
Why Doubt My Love (Mercer, Helen; Armstrong, Louis) [master D7VB-649-1] -- Victor LP VPM 6044
It Takes Time (Korb, Arthur) [master D7VB-650-1] -- Victor 20-2228
You Don't Learn That In School (Alfred, Roy; Fisher, Marvin) [master D7VB-651-1] -- Victor 20-2240

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Mullens, Ed (Trumpet)
Scott, William (Trumpet)
Grider, Thomas (Trumpet)
Butler, Robert (Trumpet)
Moore, Russell "Big Chief" (Trombone)
Williams, Waddey (Trombone)
Moore, Al (Trombone)
Whitney, James (Trombone)
Dennis, Arthur (Alto Saxophone)
Gordon, Amos (Alto Saxophone)
Thompson, Lucky (Tenor Saxophone)
Garland, Joe (Tenor Saxophone)
Sparrow, John (Baritone Saxophone)
Mason, Earl (Piano)
Warner, Elmer (Guitar)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Harris, James "Coatsville" (Drums)

The final recordings of the Louis Armstrong Orchestra before being disbanded in favor of the new "All Star" format.

WNEW Saturday Night Swing Show (radio)
April 26, 1947, New York

Ain't Misbehavin' (Waller, Thomas; Razaf, Andy; Brooks, H.) [master -JB-455] -- V-Disc
High Society (Piron, A.J.; Williams, Clarence) [master JB-468] -- V-Disc
Reminiscin' With Louis [master JB-468] -- V-Disc
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Alter, Lou; DeLange, Eddy) [master JB-359] -- V-Disc
Basin Street Blues (Williams, Spencer) -- V-Disc unissued
Muskrat Ramble (Ory, Edward) -- V-Disc unissued
Back O' Town Blues -- V-Disc unissued
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So) -- V-Disc unissued
Mop! Mop! -- V-Disc unissued
Blueberry Hill -- V-Disc unissued

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Hall, Edmond (Clarinet)
Phillips, Flip (Tenor Saxophone)
Ross, Roy (Accordion)
Tagg, Nicky (Piano)
Caiola, Al (Guitar)
Lesberg, Jack (Bass)
Catlett, Sidney (Drums)
Ford, Art (Emcee)

Radio broadcast distributed via V-Disc. "Back O' Town Blues", "Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)", "Mop! Mop!" and "Blueberry Hill" are listed here because they were issued on V-Disc (and included on the Collector's Choice 4510 CD).

This Is Jazz (WOR radio) (radio)
April 26, 1947, New York, NY

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
When The Saints Go Marchin' In
2:19 Blues
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Dippermouth Blues
Basin Street Blues
High Society
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Davidson, Wild Bill (Clarinet)
Brunis, Georg (Trombone)
Nicholas, Albert (Clarinet)
Hodes, Art (Piano)
Barker, Danny (Guitar)
Foster, Pops (Bass)
Dodds, Baby (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and His All Stars
May 17, 1947, Town Hall, New York City

Cornet Chop Suey
Our Monday Date
Dear Old Southland
Big Butter And Egg Man
Tiger Rag
Struttin' With Some Barbeque
Sweethearts On Parade
Saint Louis Blues
Pennies From Heaven
On the Sunny Side Of The Street
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Back O'Town Blues
Ain't Misbehavin'
Rockin' Chair
Muskrat Rumble
Save It, Pretty Mama
Saint James Infirmary
Royal Garden Blues
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Jack-Armstrong Blues

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Hackett, Bobby (Cornet)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Hucko, Peanuts (Clarinet)
Cary, Dick (Piano)
Haggart, Bob (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)
Wettling, George (Drums)

An important concert that established the Armstrong band for the rest of his life. Promoter Ernie Anderson recorded the concert but a number of the acetates were not of optimal quality and only six of the songs were initially released. The remainder were released in 1983 by RCA France.

Louis Armstrong And His All Stars
June 10, 1947, New York, NY

Jack-armstrong Blues (Teagarden, Jack; Armstrong, Louis) [master D7VB-952-1] -- Victor 20-2348
Rockin' Chair (Carmichael, Hoagy) [master D7VB-953-1] -- Victor 20-2348
Someday You'll Be Sorry (Armstrong, Louis) [master D7VB-954-1] -- Victor 20-2530
Fifty-Fifty Blues (Jr., Billy Moore,) [master D7VB-955-1] -- Victor 20-2530

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Hackett, Bobby (Cornet)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Hucko, Peanuts (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Caceres, Ernie (Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
Guarnieri, Johnny (Piano)
Casey, Al (Guitar)
Hall, Al (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

It didn't take long to nudge the newly formed All Stars into the studio for their first recording session. The four sides they produced become signature tunes for the group, though this rushed rendition of ROCKIN' CHAIR falls severely short of any of their live versions.

NBC Radio Broadcast Transcription (radio)
June 19, 1947, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Basin Street Blues
Muskrat Ramble
Dear Old Southland
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
Someday You Will Be Sorry
Tiger Rag

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Hackett, Bobby (Cornet)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Hucko, Peanuts (Clarinet)
Caceres, Ernie (Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone)
Cary, Dick (Piano)
Lesberg, Jack (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)
Wettling, George (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Between July 4-10, 1947, Apollo Theatre, New York, NY

I Believe
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
St. James Infirmary

A private partial recording of a live appearance at the Apollo that was probably the last performance of the Louis Armstrong Orchestra. Teagarden joins the band on Blues and St. James.

A Song Is Born (film)
August 6, 1947, Los Angeles, CA

A Song Was Born
Goldwyn Stomp
Flying Home

These soundtrack numbers enjoin Louis with such legends as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton.

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
September 9, 1947, Pasadena, CA

Unissued recording of a live performance.

Louis Armstrong And His All Stars
October 16, 1947, Chicago, IL

A Song Was Born (Raye, Don; DePaul, Gene) [master D7VB-1082-1] -- Victor 20-3064
Please Stop Playing Those Blues, Boys (Demetrius, Claude; Moore, Fleecie) [master D7VB-1083-1] -- Victor 20-2648
Before Long (Catlett, Sid; Sigman, Carl) [master D7VB-1084-1] -- Victor 20-3064
Lovely Weather We're Having (Devries, John; Bushkin), Joe) [master D7VB-1085-1] -- Victor 20-2648

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Cary, Dick (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

Following this session, Armstrong focuses on the road and the TV studio until late 1949. The All Stars won't return to a studio until 1950.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
November 15, 1947, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Muskrat Ramble
Black and Blue
Royal Garden Blues
Stars Fell on Alabama
Lover
I Cried for You
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Buzz Me Baby
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Tea for Two
Body and Soul
Back O' Town Blues
Steak Face
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
Mahogany Hall Blues
Dear Old Southland
When The Saints Go Marchin' In
High Society
Basin Street Blues
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Rockin' Chair
Velma's Blues
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
C-Jam Blues
How High The Moon
St. Louis Blues
That's My Desire
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Mop Mop
St. James Infirmary
Panama

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Cary, Dick (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

Unissued recording on tapes discovered in RCA's vaults that were mislabeled as being from the Boston concert two weeks later.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
November 30, 1947, Symphony Hall, Boston

Muskrat Ramble
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
Royal Garden Blues
Lover
Stars Fell on Alabama
Since I Fell for You
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Tea for Two
Body and Soul
Steak Face
Mahogany Hall Stomp
On the Sunny Side of the Street
High Society
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
C-Jam Blues
Boff Boff
I Cried for You
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
That's My Desire
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
How High the Moon

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Cary, Dick (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

Recording to acetate disks eventually transferred to tape for release as an LP in 1951. Subsequently released in various edits.

Louis Armstrong
February 20, 1948,

Ad-lib medley by the band transmitted from a New York-Paris flight.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
February 20 - March 2, 1948, Various locations in France

Many performances during Armstrong's French tour were broadcast and/or recorded, although it is difficult to determine with any certainty which of the surviving recordings were recorded at what time and where.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
June 2-12, 1948, Ciro's, Philadelphia, PA

I Cried for You
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Just You, Just Me
Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues
Confessin'
Milenberg Joys
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Me and Brother Bill
Whispering
St. Louis Blues
Blue Skies
Basin Street Blues
High Society
Someday You'll Be Sorry
The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else
Together
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Lover
Jack-Armstrong Blues
Don't Fence Me In
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Mop Mop
That's A Plenty
East of the Sun
I Got Rhythm
I Surrender Dear
C-Jam Blues
Tin Roof Blues

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

This series of shows are the source of at least seven transcriptions.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
September 6-18, 1948, The Click, Philadelphia, PA

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues
C-Jam Blues
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Little White Lies
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Black and Blue
Shadrack / When The Saints Go Marchin' In
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
High Society
Muskrat Ramble
Panama
Maybe You'll Be There
The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else
S'Posin
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Royal Garden Blues
Lazy River

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

Another series of shows, broadcast by CBS and WCAU at least six times.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
October 29, 1948, Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

King Porter Stomp
Black and Blue
Royal Garden Blues
Basin Street Blues
How High the Moon
Velma's Blues
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
I Love That Man
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
That's My Desire
Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues
Body and Soul

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

AFRS "Just Jazz" programs #28 and #36. The first annual Dixieland Jubilee Concert transcribed to multiple 16" acetates.

Toast of the Town (The Ed Sullivan Show - CBS) (TV)
November 21, 1948, New York, NY

Where The Blues Were Born in New Orleans
A Song Was Born

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Hucko, Peanuts (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

Armstrong's first television appearance. The first season of what would become a sunday night fixture for 23 years, the Ed Sullivan Show. Hucko subs for Bigard reputedly because Bigard disliked the minimal pay associated with TV and radio work.

Eddie Condon Floor Show (TV)
November 23, 1948, New York, NY

Lover
Mop Mop
Rockin' Chair
King Porter Stomp
A Song Was Born
Muskrat Ramble
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Small Fry
Where The Blues Were Born in New Orleans

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Hucko, Peanuts (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

The only surviving recordings are King Porter Stomp and Where The Blues Were Born.

ABC Broadcast (radio)
December 11, 1948, Blue Note, Chicago, IL

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Muskrat Ramble
A Song Is Born
Basin Street Blues
Louis Blues
High Society
Royal Garden Blues
I've A Right To Sing The Blues

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

Philco Radio Time (radio)
February 21, 1949, NBC Studios, Hollywood, CA

Panama
Lazy River
Lazy Bones
     Crosby, Bing (Vocal)
Rockin' Chair

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Venuti, Joe (Violin)
Cole, Buddy (Piano)
Botkin, Perry (Guitar)
Moore, James (Bass)
Fatool, Nick (Drums)

The first of many appearances on his colleague's radio program.

AFRS "Jubilee" Programs #337, #339, #344, #347 (radio)
March, 1949, Empire Room, Hollywood, CA

Rockin' Chair
Lover
Pale Moon
Don't Fence Me In
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Body and Soul
The Sheik of Araby
Confessin'
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Panama
Back O' Town Blues
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Me and Brother Bill
C-Jam Blues
A Hundred Years From Today
Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues
Blue Skies
A Song Was Born
Whispering

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

Despite the war being long over, the Armed Forces Radio Service Jubilee programs continue. Numerous cuts recorded live at a number of appearances.

Eddie Condon Floor Show (NBC) (TV)
June 11, 1949, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Them There Eyes
St. James Infirmary
Sweethearts On Parade
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Struttin' With Some Barbecue

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Hucko, Peanuts (Clarinet)
Cacares, Ernie (Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
Bushkin, Joe (Piano)
Lesberg, Jack (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)

Bushkin subs for the hospitalized Condon.

Eddie Condon Floor Show (NBC) (TV)
July 30, 1949, New York, NY

Shadrack / When The Saints Go Marchin' In
Velma's Blues

Armstrong, Louis (Vocal)
Hackett, Bobby (Cornet)
Hucko, Peanuts (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Wettling, George (Drums)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Armstrong's second appearance of the summer on Condon's show, but this time he's having lip trouble and can't play.

Radio Broadcasts (radio)
August 2-13, 1949, The Click, Philadelphia, PA

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Catlett, Sid (Drums)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

An encore of his 1948 appearances, 7 programs are broadcast on WCAU, KYW and NBC.

Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (TV)
August 24, 1949, New York, NY

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
That's My Desire
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (Big Band)

Eddie Condon Floor Show (NBC) (TV)
August 27, 1949, New York, NY

We Called It Music
     Teagarden, Jack (Vocal)
Someday You'll Be Sorry
     Helen Cherell and the Swan-Tones (Vocal)
Three Little Bears
     Helen Cherell and the Swan-Tones (Vocal)
Chinatown

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Hackett, Bobby (Trumpet)
Cutshall, Cutty (Trombone)
Russell, Pee Wee (Clarinet)
Bushkin, Joe (Piano)
Condon, Eddie (Guitar, Banjo)
Lesberg, Jack (Bass)
Wettling, George (Drums)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone)
Hines, Earl (Piano)

Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver's Orchestra
September 1, 1949, New York, NY

Maybe It's Because [master 75221] -- Decca 24751
I'll Keep The Lovelight Burning [master 75222] -- Decca 24751

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Clayton, Buck (Trumpet)
Lloyd, Ivor (Trumpet)
Chambers, Henderson (Trombone)
Dorsey, George (Alto Saxophone)
Baker, Artie (Alto Saxophone)
Johnson, Budd (Tenor Saxophone)
Williams, Freddie (Tenor Saxophone)
Henderson, Horace (Piano)
Barksdale, Everett (Guitar)
Benjamin, Joe (Bass)
Bishop, Wallace (Drums)

Willems notes that with the advent of recording to magnetic tape, released tracks could be assembled from multiple takes, which is probably true of many, if not most, of Armstrong's studio recordings from this point on.

Eddie Condon Floor Show (NBC) (TV)
September 3, 1949, New York, NY

Swing That Music
Heebie Jeebies
Going Back to Storyville
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Stompin' At The Savoy
Rockin' Chair

Louis Armstrong With Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra
September 6, 1949, New York, NY

That Lucky Old Sun (Smith, Beasley; Gillespie, Haven) [master 75227] -- Decca 24752
Blueberry Hill (Lewis, Al; Stock, Larry; Rose, Vincent) [master 75228] -- Decca 24752

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Jenkins, Gordon (Conductor, Arranger)
Butterfield, Billy (Trumpet)
Poole, Carl (Trumpet)
Lawson, Yank (Trumpet)
Bradley, Will (Trombone)
Schertzer, Hymie (Alto Saxophone)
Parshley, Tom (Tenor Saxophone)
Drellinger, Art (Tenor Saxophone)
Leighton, Bernie (Piano)
Kress, Carl (Guitar)
Lesberg, Jack (Bass)
Blowers, Johnny (Drums)
Unknown personnel (Female Choir)

Pops begins to record a succession of hits, now wrenched from the jazz cradle and thrust into the MOR niche.

Eddie Condon Floor Show (NBC) (TV)
September 10, 1949, New York, NY

Our Monday Date
Royal Garden Blues
Back O' Town Blues
Me and Brother Bill
Blues in B flat

Harlem Jubilee / The Willie Bryant Show (TV)
September 13, 1949, Apollo Theatre, New York, NY

Swing That Music
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Shadrack
When The Saints Go Marchin' In

Louis Armstrong And Billie Holiday With Sy Oliver's Orchestra
September 30, 1949, New York, NY

You Can't Loose A Broken Heart (Johnson, James; Miller, Flourney) [master 75342] -- Decca 24785
My Sweet Hunk O' Trash (Johnson, James; Miller, Flourney) [master 75343] -- Decca 24752

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Holiday, Billie (Vocal)
Oliver, Sy (Arranger, Conductor)
Privin, Bernie (Trumpet)
Cooper, Sid (Alto Saxophone)
Mince, Johnny (Alto Saxophone)
Drellinger, Art (Tenor Saxophone)
Nizza, Pat (Tenor Saxophone)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Barksdale, Everett (Guitar)
Benjamin, Joe (Bass)
Crawford, Jimmy (Drums)

The only studio pairing of Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong
October 24, 1949, Teatro Politeama Rossetti, Trieste, Italy

Royal Garden Blues
Black and Blue
Twelfth Street Rag
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
     Teagarden, Jack (Vocal)
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
That's My Desire
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
I Got Rhythm
Body and Soul
High Society
Russian Lullaby
Steak Face

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Willems lists this date as October 24, although Sergio Portaleoni sent me a note that these performances were recorded on October 27 and are issued on Musica Jazz MJCD 1087. Willems lists an October 27 radio broadcast from Rome, which would be consistent with Armstrongs filming schedule on Botta E Risposta in Rome on that same day. Westerberg's book lists a private recording of a Trieste show on November 9, but it would seem odd that after touring Italy in October, he would go to France for a date on November 8, then return to Italy for a performance on November 9. Håkan Forsberg sent me a listing of the tour itinerary which indicates that the October 24 date from Willems makes the most sense.

Louis Armstrong
October 27, 1949, RAI Broadcast, Adriano Theater, Rome, Italy

That's A Plenty
Someday You'll Be Sorry
A Song Was Born
     Teagarden, Jack (Vocal)
High Society
Lover Come Back To Me
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Although Sergio Portaleoni sent me a note that there are issued recordings from October 27 in Triste, the track list he provided is more consistent with the October 24 date in Triste listed by Willems. Willems documents his data on this October 27 session with an October 28 inscription on RAI acetates held by the Louis Armstrong House and Archives. Willems assumes that the acetate inscriptions are a day off, since Armstrong was filming Botta e Risposta on October 28 in Rome.

La Botta E Riposta (film)
October 27-31, 1949, Rome, Italy

Struttin' With Some Barbecue
That's My Desire
Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues

An apparent film record of an All Stars concert. AKA I'm in the Revue, Je suis de la revue.

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
November 8, 1949, Cinema Rex, Marseille, France

Private recording

U.S. Treasury Department, Guest Star #163 (radio)
December 22, 1949 - January 4, 1950, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
That's A Plenty
Fine and Dandy
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)

Young Man with a Horn (film)
Sometime in 1949 or 1950, Unknown location

Uncredited (cameo?) appearance as himself

More info at imdb.com

Bing Crosby Show (radio)
January 18, 1950, Marine Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Royal Garden Blues
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Blueberry Hill
Lazy Bones

Broadcast on January 25, 1950

Louis Armstrong And The All Stars
April 26-27, 1950, New York, NY

Panama (Tyers, William H.; Sigman, Carl) [master 76337/8] -- Decca 9-27191/2
New Orleans Function: Flee As A Bird To The Mountain / Oh, Didn't He Ramble (Public Domain; Handy, W.C.) [master 26339/40] -- Decca 27059
Twelfth Street Rag (Bowman, E.; Razaf, Andy) [master 76341/2] -- Decca DL (7)4227
That's For Me (Rodgers; Hammerstein) [master 76343/4] -- Decca 9-27187/8
Medley: Bugle Call Rag, Ole Miss (Pettis; Meyers; Schoebel; Public Domain) [master 76345/6/7] -- Decca 9-27191/2/3
I Surrender Dear (Barris, H.; Clifford, G.) [master 76348/9] -- Decca 9-27189/90
Russian Lullaby (Berlin, Irving) [master 76350/1] -- Decca 9-27187/88
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (Williams, Clarence) [master 76352] -- Decca 9-27190
Fine And Dandy (Swift, K.; James, P.) [master 76353] -- Decca 9-27189
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (Williams, Clarence) [master 76354] -- Decca 9-27194

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

With the advent of the long-playing record, Louis has a first-time opportunity to record full-length tracks of many of the old favorites, much longer than the three or four minutes traditionally allotted for a "single". This marathon session produced a number of singles -- generally with the song edited to fill two sides -- and two LPs, "New Orleans Days" and "Jazz Concert".

Ken Murray Show (CBS) (TV)
May 13, 1950, New York, NY

Basin Street Blues
Jeepers Creepers
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Lazy River

Louis Armstrong With Sy Oliver's Orchestra
June 26, 1950, New York, NY

La Vie En Rose (Davis, Al; Piaf, Louiguy E.) [master 76528] -- Decca 27113
C'est Si Bon [master 76529] -- Decca 27113

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Oliver, Sy (Conductor, Arranger)
Solomon, Melvin (Trumpet)
Privin, Bernie (Trumpet)
Webster, Paul (Trumpet)
Bullman, Morton (Trombone)
Schertzer, Hymie (Alto Saxophone)
Yaner, Milt (Alto Saxophone)
Drellinger, Art (Tenor Saxophone)
Holcomb, Bill (Tenor Saxophone)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Barksdale, Everett (Guitar)
Duvivier, George (Bass)
Blowers, Johnny (Drums)

A sizeable hit for Louis, a remake of the Edith Piaf classic. Earl Fatha Hines jumps over from the All Stars to feature on piano.

Louis Armstrong With Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five
August 23, 1950, New York, NY

Life Is So Peculiar (Burke, Johnny; Heusen, James Van) [master 76744] -- Decca 27212
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) (Thread, Sam) [master 76745] -- Decca 27212
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) (Thread, Sam) [master 76745] -- Decca 27212

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Jordan, Louis (Alto Saxophone, Vocal)
Izenhall, Aaron (Trumpet)
Jackson, Josh (Tenor Saxophone)
Dogget, Bill (Piano)
Jennings, Bill (Guitar)
Bushnell, Bob (Bass)
Morris, Joe (Drums)

For a short time a member of the Armstrong Orchestra, now Louis Jordan - whose early R&B recordings laid the foundation for the Rock and Roll to follow -- pairs up with his mentor for two lively tracks.

Louis Armstrong With Ella Fitzgerald And Sy Oliver's Orchestra
August 25, 1950, New York, NY

Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Schwant, Wilbur; Andre, Fabian; Kahn, Gus) [master 76750] -- Decca 27209
Can Anyone Explain? [master 76751] -- Decca 27209

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Fitzgerald, Ella (Vocal)
Oliver, Sy (Conductor, Arranger)
Webster, Paul (Trumpet)
D'Amico, Hank (Clarinet)
Ludwig, Frank (Tenor Saxophone)
Jones, Hank (Piano)
Barksdale, Everett (Guitar)
Brown, Ray (Bass)
Blowers, Johnny (Drums)

Another duet with the great Ella, and a tantalizing taste of the tremendous albums to follow. For good measure, Ella brings husband Ray Brown along with her.

Louis Armstrong With Sy Oliver's Chorus
August 31, 1950, New York, NY

Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat (Loesser, Frank) [master 76789] -- Decca 27254
That's What The Man Said (Robison) [master 76790] -- Decca 27254

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Oliver, Sy (Conductor, Arranger)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Barksdale, Everett (Guitar)
Benjamin, Joe (Bass)
Blowers, Johnny (Drums)
Unknown personnel (Choir)

Ted Steele's Cavalcade of Bands (episode 2.6) (Dumont) (TV)
October 10, 1950, New York, NY

King Porter Stomp
Twelfth Street Rag
Solid Sam
That's My Desire
C'est Si Bon
Stompin' At The Savoy

More info at imdb.com

Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge (TV)
October 13, 1950, New York, NY

When You're Smiling
La Vie En Rose

IMDB dates this appearance as 11/9/1950. Others date it as 11/19/1950. Armstrong was in Canada on 10/13/50

More info at imdb.com

Here Comes the Groom (film)
December 1 - 13, 1950, Los Angeles, CA

Misto Cristofo Colombo

Uncredited cameo appearance.

More info at imdb.com

Bing Crosby "Chesterfield" Show (radio)
December 14, 1950, Marine Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Blueberry Hill
Rockin' Chair

Broadcast on December 27, 1950. A get-together for Bing's birthday, featuring Joe Venuti and Dinah Shore.

The Big Show (NBC) (TV)
December 17, 1950, Hollywood, CA

The Thing
Ain't Misbehavin'
My Melancholy Baby

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (Studio Orchestra)
Willson, Meredith (Conductor)

The Strip (film)
December 26 - 29, 1950, Los Angeles, CA

Ain't Misbehavin'
Ole Miss Blues
Basin Street Blues
I'm Coming, Virginia
That's A Plenty
Hines' Retreat
Fatha's Time
Shadrack / When The Saints Go Marchin' In
Steak Face
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
J.T. Jive

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

An ersatz film-noir featuring Mickey Rooney as a nightclub drummer mixed up with some bad folks. Armstrong recorded some lively tracks for the score in three sessions.

Bing Crosby "Chesterfield" Show (radio)
December 30, 1951, Hollywood, CA

La Vie En Rose
Lazy Bones
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
My Honey's Lovin' Arms

Broadcast January 17, 1951.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
January 26, 1951, Exhibition Garden, Vancouver, Canada

Royal Garden Blues
I Used to Love You
The Hucklebuck
Back-O-Town Blues
I Love the Guy
Ces't Si Bon
Stardust
Old Rockin' Chair
Tea for Two
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
Lover
Love Me or Leave Me
La Vie En Rose
C-Jam Blues
Ain't Misbehavin'
Stompin' at the Savoy
Where Did You Stay Last Night?

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Released on Jazz Crusade JCCD-3120 with a review on jazzreview.com.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
January 30, 1951, Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

When It's Sleepy Time Down South (opening theme)
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
Some Day
Back O' Town Blues
Way Down Yonder Down In New Orleans
Star Dust
The Hucklebuck
Honeysuckle Rose
How High The Moon
Just You, Just Me
Bugle Blues
My Monday Date
You Can Depend On Me
That's A Plenty
Body And Soul
Big Daddy Blues
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Muskrat Ramble

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Gene Norman's "Just Jazz" Concert. One of two concerts included on the Decca CD set, "The California Concerts".

Louis Armstrong With Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra
February 6, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

You're Just In Love [master L6046] -- Decca 27481
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
If [master L6047-8] -- Decca 27481
Big Butter And Egg Man (Venable, P.; Armstrong, Louis) [master L6048] -- Decca 27931
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Griffin, Chris (Trumpet)
Ballard, Red (Trombone)
Songer, Wayne (Alto Saxophone)
Eckels, Dent (Tenor Saxophone)
LaVere, Charlie (Piano)
Reuss, Allan (Guitar)
Stephens, Phil (Bass)
Fatool, Nick (Drums)
Jenkins, Gordon (Conductor, Arranger)

Though a copy of take 2 of IF has been released, it appears to be identical to the released take 8.

Louis Armstrong
Date Unknown, Location Unknown

You're Just In Love -- Gotham Recording Company
That's My Desire -- Gotham Recording Company

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Unknown personnel (Band)

Jos Willems refers to this as a "phantom recording", and indeed its origin is a mystery. It may well be an outtake from the February 6 session. It appeared on a limited pressing of 500 copies on the private Gotham label.

Bing Crosby "Chesterfield" Show (radio)
February, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

You're Just In Love
Lazy River

Broadcast April 11, 1951

Bing Crosby "Chesterfield" Show (radio)
April 19, 1951, Palm Springs, CA

On The Sunny Side of the Street

Broadcast April 25, 1951.

Bing Crosby "Chesterfield" Show (radio)
April 19, 1951, Palm Springs, CA

Gone Fishin' (Kenny, Nick; Kenny, Charles) [master L 6262] -- Decca 27633

Armstrong, Louis (Vocal)
Crosby, Bing (Vocal)
Nichols, Red (Trumpet)
Guy, Bobby (Trumpet)
Elman, Ziggy (Trumpet)
Tayler, Dick (Trombone)
Atkinson, Bill (Trombone)
Mayhew, Wendell (Trombone)
Matlock, Matty (Reeds)
Shuken, Phil (Reeds)
Wright, Larry (Reeds)
Baker, Warren (Reeds)
Russin, Babe (Reeds)
Chaney, Jack (Reeds)
Gasselin, Jacques (Strings)
Bluestone, Harry (Strings)
Freed, Sam (Strings)
Hill, Henry (Strings)
Edelstein, Walter (Strings)
Oberman, Mayer (Strings)
Kellner, Murray (Strings)
Thomas, Milton (Strings)
Bernard, Cy (Strings)
Henke, Mel (Piano)
Cole, Buddy (Piano)
Botkin, Perry (Guitar)
Stephens, Phil (Bass)
Cyr, John (Drums)
Trotter, John Scott (Conductor, Arranger)

Pops and Bing introduce what will be a hit duo recording, GONE FISHIN'. The studio tape for the single also contains the broadcast performance, indicating that they were probably recorded on the same day. A second take listed is a safety take was issued in 1994.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
April 23, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

Unless (Evans; Hargeaves; Damerell) [master L6247] -- Decca 27626
A Kiss To Build A Dream On (Kalmar; Ruby; Hammerstein) [master L6248] -- Decca unissued
You're The Apple Of My Eye (Armstrong; Fox; Trace) [master L6249] -- Decca 27931
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

The All Stars return to the studio, almost precisely one year after their previous session. Clearly a lower priority to Decca than Louis Armstrong as a "solo" artist, one of these tracks (KISS TO BUILD A DREAM ON) remains unreleased until Mosaic's 1993 box set.

Bing Crosby "Chesterfield" Show (radio)
Late April, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

A Song Was Born
Gone Fishin'

Broadcast May 23, 1951.

Standard School Program #19, Pt. 2 (radio)
April-May, 1951, San Francisco, CA

Louis and The All Stars perform a number of songs for "Musical Story of New Orleans", a radio transcription for Standard Oil of California.

Garroway At Large (TV)
June 17, 1951, Chicago, IL

Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat
Basin Street Blues
     Chappell, Bette (Vocal) Russell, Connie (Vocal) Haskell, Jack (Vocal)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Studio Orchestra (Unknown personnel)
Choir (Unknown personnel)
Gallichio, Joseph (Conductor)

Voice of America "Jazz" Series (radio)
July 5, 1951, Chicago, IL

Jazz Me Blues
Lover
Together
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Big Butter and Egg Man
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Love Me or Leave Me
Shadrack / When The Saints Go Marchin' In
'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Hines, Earl (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Louis Armstrong With Sy Oliver's Orchestra
July 24, 1951, New York, NY

A Kiss To Build A Dream On (Kalmar; Ruby; Hammerstein) [master 81307] -- Decca 27720
I Get Ideas [master 81308] -- Decca 27720

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Oliver, Sy (Conductor, Arranger)
Cutshall, Cutty (Trombone)
Yaner, Milt (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Dorsey, George (Alto Saxophone)
Williams, Freddy (Tenor Saxophone)
Klink, Al (Tenor Saxophone)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Block, Sandy (Bass)
Shawker, Bunny (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
September 17, 1951, New York, NY

Cold Cold Heart (Williams, Hank) [master 81635] -- Decca 27816
Because Of You [master 81634] -- Decca 27816

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Holmes, Charlie (Saxophone)
Dorsey, George (Saxophone)
Clark, Harold (Saxophone)
McRae, Dave (Saxophone)
Abney, Don (Piano)
Barksdale, Everett (Guitar)
Goodlette, Frank (Bass)
Parker, Jack (Drums)

Texaco Star Theater - The Milton Berle Show (NBC) (TV)
September 25, 1951, New York, NY

Jeepers Creepers
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Gone Fishin'
     Berle, Milton (Vocal)
Life is Just A Bowl of Cherries

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (Studio Orchestra)

Portions on video Kodak 800 4582

Glory Alley (film)
November 14, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

Flee as a Bird
Oh, Didn't He Ramble

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone)
Bivona, Gus (Clarinet)
Raskin, Milt (Piano)
Marshall, Jack (Guitar)
Shapiro, Artie (Bass)
Carlson, Frankie (Drums)

An odd film featuring Ralph Meeker and Leslie Caron, set in New Orleans (especially fashionable in the aftermath of Streetcar Named Desire) and named after a bad part of Bourbon Street. Armstrong is Shadow Johnson, a philosophizing guide that gets to sing and play a few songs. Teagarden had already left the All Stars but rejoined Armstrong for the film.

More info at imdb.com

Glory Alley (film)
November 14, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

South Rampart Street Parade

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (MGM Studio Orchestra)
Rugolo, Pete (Arranger)
Stoll, George (Director)

More info at imdb.com

Glory Alley (film)
November 15, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

That's What The Man Said

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (MGM Studio Orchestra)
Rugolo, Pete (Arranger)
Stoll, George (Director)

More info at imdb.com

Glory Alley (film)
November 17, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

Glory Alley

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Raskin, Milt (Piano)
Marshall, Jack (Guitar)
Shapiro, Artie (Bass)

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong And Ella Fitzgerald With Dave Barbour's Orchestra
November 23, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

Necessary Evil [master L6526] -- Decca 27901
Oops! [master L6527] -- Decca 27901
Would You Like To Take A Walk? [master L6528] -- Decca 28552
Who Walks In When I Walk Out? [master L6529] -- Decca 28552

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Fitzgerald, Ella (Vocal)
Neil, Larry (Trumpet)
Howard, Frank (Trombone)
Dumont, Jack (Saxophone)
Gentry, Chuck (Saxophone)
Beau, Heinie (Saxophone)
Jones, Hank (Piano)
Brown, Ray (Bass)
Stoller, Alvin (Drums)
Barbour, Dave (Guitar, Conductor)

Glory Alley (film)
November 27, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

It's A Most Unusual Day

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (MGM Studio Orchestra)
Rugolo, Pete (Arranger)
Stoll, George (Director)

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong With Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra
November 28, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

It's All In The Game (Sigman, Carl; Dawes, General Charles G.) [master L6550] -- Decca 27899
When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Rene, Leon; Rene, Otis; Muse, Clarence) [master L6551] -- Decca 27899
When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Rene, Leon; Rene, Otis; Muse, Clarence) [master L6551] -- Decca 27899
Jeannine (Shilkret; Gilbert) [master L6552] -- Decca 28076
Indian Love Call (Friml; Harbach; Hammerstein) [master L6553] -- Decca 28076

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Jenkins, Gordon (Arranger, Conductor)
Grifford, Charles (Trumpet)
Thow, George (Trumpet)
Hudso, Bruce Hudson (Trumpet)
Miller, Eddie (Tenor Saxophone)
Eckel, Dent Eckels (Tenor Saxophone)
LaVere, Charlie (Piano)
Reuss, Allan (Guitar)
Stephens, Phil (Bass)
Fatool, Nick (Drums)
Unknown personnel (Strings)

The two takes of SLEEPY TIME are identical, except that the second (used on all reissues) substitutes the word "people" for "darkies".

Bing Crosby "Chesterfield" Show (TV)
November 28, 1951, Los Angeles, CA

I Get Ideas
Memphis Blues
     Crosby, Bing (Vocal) Fitzgerald, Ella (Vocal) Choir (Jud Conlon Rhythmaires)
Chesterfield Jingle
     Crosby, Bing (Vocal) Fitzgerald, Ella (Vocal) Choir (Jud Conlon Rhythmaires)
A Kiss To Build a Dream On
     Crosby, Bing (Vocal)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Trotter, John Scott (Arranger, Conductor)
Unknown personnel (Studio Orchestra)

Pops follows up a productive recording session with this appearance on Bing's show, accompanied by Ella Fitzgerald.

Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars
December 7, 1951, Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Royal Garden Blues
Blueberry Hill
'Way Dow Yonder in New Orleans
Basin Street Blues
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Rockin' Chair
How High the Moon
High Society
Back O' Town Blues
Steak Face
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Teagarden, Jack (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
LaVere, Charles (Piano)
Corb, Morty (Bass)
Fatool, Nick (Drums)

Louis Armstrong with the Les Brown Big Band
December 7, 1951, Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

I Get Ideas
Because of You
Lover's Leap

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Les Brown and his Band of Renown (Big Band)

Frank Sinatra Show (CBS) (TV)
January 1, 1952, Los Angeles, CA

Confessin'
Lonesome Man Blues
     Sinatra, Frank (Vocal)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
CBS Orchestra (Studio Orchestra)
Stordahl, Axel (Conductor)

New Year's Day with Frank Sinatra and Satch. Not a bad way to start 1952!

Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars
February 2, 1952, Palomar Supper Club, Vancouver, Canada

Perdido
Nobody
Mop Mop
'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Blueberry Hill
Tin Roof Blues

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
April 19, 1952, Denver, Colorado

I'll Walk Alone (Styne; Cahn) [master 82702] -- Decca 28177
Kiss Of Fire (Allen, L.; Hill, R.) [master 82703] -- Decca 28177

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Phillips, Russ (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Ruffell, Donald (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Jones, Dale (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Record label to the contrary, this is actually (with the addition of Donald Ruffell on reeds) the All Stars accompanying Louis.

The US Royal Showcase (NBC) (TV)
June 8, 1952, New York, NY

Jeannine
The Music Goes 'Round and Round
Indian Love Call

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown Personnel (Studio Orchestra)
Jenkins, Gordon (Conductor)

Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC - episode 2.12) (TV)
June 28, 1952, New York, NY

Basin Street Blues
Bugle Call Rag

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown Personnel (Studio Orchestra)
Goodman, Al (Conductor)

Program hosted by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Not certain if this date is correct - IMDB lists a 11/18/1951 broadcast date

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong With Sy Oliver's Orchestra
August 25, 1952, New York, NY

I Laughed At Love [master 83301] -- Decca 28394
Takes Two To Tango [master 83302] -- Decca 28394

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Oliver, Sy (Conductor, Arranger)
Schertzer, Hymie (Alto Saxophone)
Jacobs, Dick (Alto Saxophone)
Fresk, Babe (Tenor Saxophone)
Tax, Melvin (Tenor Saxophone)
Holcombe, Bill (Baritone Saxophone)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Barksdale, Everett (Guitar)
Benjamin, Joe (Bass)
Donaldson, Bobby (Drums)

Jackie Gleason Show (CBS) (TV)
September 20, 1952, New York, NY

A Kiss to Build a Dream On
That's a Plenty

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
McCracken, Bob (Clarinet)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins' and His Orchestra
September 22, 1952, New York, NY

White Christmas (Berlin, Irving) [master 83439] -- Decca 28443
Winter Wonderland (Bernard; Smith) [master 83440] -- Decca 28443
Chloe (Moret; Kahn) [master 83441] -- Decca 28524
Listen To The Mockin' Bird [master 83442] -- Decca 28524

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Jenkins, Gordon (Arranger, Conductor)
McCracken, Bob (Clarinet)
Yaner, Milt (Alto Saxophone)
Ferguson, Stitz (Tenor Saxophone)
Berg, George (Flute)
Penque, Romeo (Flute)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Ryerson, Art (Guitar)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)
Unknown personnel (Strings)

Jenkins' orchestra is augmented largely with the core of the All Stars.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
September 29, 1952, Copenhagen, Denmark

Basin Street Blues
Velma's Blues
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Can Anyone Explain
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
On the Sunny Side of the Street
High Society

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone, Vocal)
McCracken, Bob (Clarinet)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
October 4, 1952, Kungliga Tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
A Kiss To Build a Dream On
'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Coquette
Lover Come Back to Me
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Can Anyone Explain
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Limehouse Blues
After You've Gone
Tin Roof Blues
Russian Lulliby
Bugle Blues / Ole Miss
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
New Orleans Function
Pennies from Heaven
Muskrat Ramble
Basin Street Blues
Velma's Blues
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
You're Just In Love
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Stompin' At The Savoy

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone, Vocal)
McCracken, Bob (Clarinet)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
October 8, 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Flee as a Bird / Oh, Didn't He Ramble
Back O' Town Blues
High Society
Bassin' The Blues
Stompin' At the Savoy

Radio Broadcast (AFN?) (radio)
October 12, 1952, Titania Palast, Berlin, Germany

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Coquette
Lover Come Back to Me
Can Anyone Explain
St. Louis Blues
On the Alamo
Tin Roof Blues
How High the Moon
A Kiss to Build a Dream On

RAI Radio Broadcast (radio)
October 25, 1952, RAI Studios, Florence, Italy

On the Sunny Side of the Street
Coquette
That's My Desire
St. Louis Blues
On the Alamo
How High the Moon
Bugle Call Rag / Ole Miss
Basin Street Blues
Velma's Blues
     Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
When It's Sleepy Time Down South

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone, Vocal)
McCracken, Bob (Clarinet)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Willems indicates that this recording is from either an October 25 concert at Teatro Metastasio in Prato (about six miles northwest of Firenze, aka Florence) or an October 30 concert at Teatro Odeon in Firenze. Confusing matters is his mention of another recording of a concert presumably made around the same time in Italy with a significantly different set-list. However, a pair of Italian writers pointed out to me that a CD of this broadcast issued by RAI indicates that it was recorded in Firenze in the radio station's auditorium. Archives of a press photographer show the band performing on October 25 in Prato. So, presumably, the band performed this broadcast in Firenze, then took a short drive up to Prato for a concert later in the day which may or may not have also been recorded.

Saluti E Baci / La Route Du Bonheur (film)
October 26 or 28, 1952, Rome, Italy

Struttin' With Some Barbecue

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone, Vocal)
McCracken, Bob (Clarinet)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Italian film also known asLa Route du bonheurin France andThe Road to Happinesswhen distributed in English-speaking countries.

More info at imdb.com

All Star Revue (NBC) (TV)
December 20, 1952, New York, NY

Who Needs What Moonlight

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (Studio Orchestra)
Willson, Meridith (Conductor)

Show hosted by Tallulah Bankhead.

Louis Armstrong With Sy Oliver's Orchestra
February 23, 1953, Detroit, Michigan

Your Cheating Heart (Williams, Hank) [master 83986] -- Decca 28628
Congratulations To Someone [master 83987] -- Decca 28628

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Oliver, Sy (Arranger, Conductor)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Alois, Louis (Alto Saxophone)
Deven, Everett Van (Alto Saxophone)
Netting, Fred (Tenor Saxophone)
Rozanoff, Abram (Baritone Saxophone)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Rose, George (Guitar)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Sy Oliver's Orchestra...my foot! This is an All Star session, with a few session players thrown in for good measure.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
April 19, 1953, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
C'est Si Bon
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
My Bucket's Got a Hole In It
Muskrat Ramble
Tin Roof Blues
High Society
Margie
That's My Desire
When It's Sleepy Time Down South

This is from a series of shows called "The Big Band All Stars", which featured the All Stars along with Benny Goodman and His Big Band. What a show THAT must have been!

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
April 21, 1953, New York, NY

April In Portugal (Ferrao, R.; Kennedy, J.) [master 84356] -- Decca 28704
Ramona (Wayne, M.; Gilbert, L.W.) [master 84357] -- Decca 28704

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Yaner, Milt (Alto Saxophone)
Jacobs, Dick (Alto Saxophone)
Taylor, Sam (Tenor Saxophone)
Bushkin, Joe (Piano)
Barksdale, Everett (Guitar)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

Another All Star recording session, with the additions of guitar and saxes, plus the temporary substitution of Bushkin on the 88's.

The Glenn Miller Story (film)
early June, 1953, Los Angeles, CA

Basin Street Blues
Otchi-tcho-ni-ya

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Yukl, Joe (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Russin, Babe (Tenor Saxophone)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)
Krupa, Gene (Drums)

Soundtrack numbers for Louis' co-starring role in the hit Jimmy Stewart movie. Gene Krupa sits in with the All Stars.

More info at imdb.com

Nothing But the Best (NBC) (TV)
July 7, 1953, New York, NY

I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
Small Fry
On the Sunny Side of the Street
     Lee Wiley (Vocal) The Mambo Knights (Vocal)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown personnel (Studio Orchestra)
Henderson, Skitch (Conductor)

Pops gets the backing of the Skitch Henderson Orchestra on a show hosted by Eddie Albert.

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong With Jack Pleiss' Orchestra
July 16, 1953, New York, NY

Sittin' In The Sun [master 84879] -- Decca 28803
The Dummy Song [master 84880] -- Decca 28803

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Pleiss, Jack (Conductor)
Jacoby, Don (Trumpet)
Sassetti, Raymond G. (Trumpet)
Baxter, Byron (Trumpet)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Jeans, George (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Davis, Howard L. (Saxophone)
Simpson, Mike (Saxophone)
Grimes, Hobart (Saxophone)
Napoleon, Marty (Piano)
Biondi, Remo (Guitar)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Cole, Cozy (Drums)

The Jack Pleiss Orchestra is an augmented version of the All-Stars. The charmer here is "Dummy Song", a delightful Armstrong novelty.

NBC Radio Broadcasts (radio)
July, 1953, Blue Note, Chicago, IL

Stompin' At The Savoy
Tin Roof Blues
How High the Moon
Big Butter and Egg Man
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Someday You'll Be Sorry
Shadrack / When the Saints Go Marchin' In
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
C-Jam Blues
I Cried for You
Tea for Two
Lover Come Back to Me
Margie
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Tea for Two
I Get Ideas
Muskrat Ramble
Since I Fell for You
Russian Lullaby
Royal Garden Blues
Confessin'
Undecided
You're Just in Love
Tea for Two
Muskrat Ramble
Me and Brother Bill
Royal Garden Blues
Me and Brother Bill
You're Just in Love
Limehouse Blues
Confessin'
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Four broadcasts from an engagement at the Blue Note.

Louis Armstrong With The Commanders
October 22, 1953, New York, NY

Zat You, Santa Claus? (Fox) [master 85419] -- Decca 28943
Cool Yule (Allen) [master 85420] -- Decca 28943
Someday You'll Be Sorry (Armstrong, Louis) [master 85421] -- Decca 29280
The Gypsy (Reid, Billy) [master 85422] -- Decca 28995

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Camarata, Toots (Arranger, Conductor)
Butterfield, Billy (Trumpet)
Ferretti, Andy (Trumpet)
Poole, Carl (Trumpet)
McGarity, Lou (Trombone)
Cutshall, Cutty (Trombone)
Giardina, Phil (Trombone)
Satterfield, Jack (Trombone)
Schertzer, Hymie (Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone)
Klink, Al (Tenor Saxophone)
Leighton, Bernie (Piano)
Mastren, Carmen (Guitar)
Block, Sandy (Bass)
Grady, Ed (Drums)

A session including a classic Armstrong Christmas record, Pops at his eye-popping best.

Life Begins at Eighty (Dumont) (TV)
October 23, 1953, New York, NY

Confessin'
When the Saints Go Marchin' In

Radio Broadcast (radio)
December 31, 1953, Yokohama, Japan

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Tea for Two
My Bucket's Got a Hole In It
Margie
Velma's Blues
That's My Desire
C'est Si Bon
Stompin' At the Savoy
When It's Sleepy Time Down South

New Year's Eve gig broadcast from Japan on NBC.

CBS Radio Broadcast (radio)
January 10-16, 1954, Club Hangover, San Francisco, CA

On the Sunny Side of the Street
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Back O' Town Blues
Twelfth Street Rag
Over the Rainbow
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Shadrack / When the Saints Go Marchin' In
West End Blues
The Dummy Song
My Bucket's Got a Hole In It
Tin Roof Blues
When It's Sleepy Time Down South

Louis Ar (Trumpet, Vocal)
Trummy Young (Trombone)
Barney Bigard (Clarinet)
Billy Kyle (Piano)
Milt Hinton (Bass)
Kenny Jones (Drums)
Velma Middleton (Vocal)

Ostensibly released on the LaserLight CD Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars, but the All Music Guide information does not match the CD track listing.

Louis Armstrong With The All Stars
March 19, 1954, New York, NY

Basin Street Blues (Williams, Spencer) [master 86061] -- Decca 29102
Otchi-tchor-ni-ya (Trad.) [master 86062] -- Decca DL 8329
Struttin' With Some Barbecue (Hardin, Lil) [master 86063] -- Decca DL 8329
Margie (Davis; Conrad; Robinson) [master 86064] -- Decca DL 5532

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Freeman, Bud (Tenor Saxophone)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
John, Kenny (Drums)

Edited versions of "Basin Street Blues" and "Struttin' with Some Barbecue" appear on the "Musical Autobiography" LP set. An alternate version of "Otchi-Tchor-Ni-Ya" also is available, featuring Belgian jazzmen Franz Andre (piano), Rene Goosens (bass) and Jo Demuynck (drums) replacing the Billy Kyle solo.

What's My Line? (TV)
March 14, 1954, Unknown location

Appearance as a "Mystery Guest"

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong With The All Stars
April 13, 1954, New York, NY

Bye And Bye [master 86145] -- Decca 29153
Trees [master 86146] -- Decca 29352
Spooks [master 86147] -- Decca 29352
The Whiffenpoof Song (Minnigerode, Meade; Pomeroy, George S.; Galloway, Tod; Vallee, Rudy) [master 86148] -- Decca 29153

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Jenkins, Gordon (Arranger, Conductor)
Butterfield, Billy (Trumpet)
Lawson, Yank (Trumpet)
Griffin, Gordon (Trumpet)
McGarity, Lou (Trombone)
Heater, Cliff (Trombone)
Yaner, Milt (Clarinet)
Parshley, Tom (Alto Saxophone)
Greenberg, Jack (Alto Saxophone)
Richmond, Abraham (Tenor Saxophone)
Berg, George (Tenor Saxophone)
Leighton, Bernie (Piano)
Barnes, George (Guitar)
Lesberg, Jack (Bass)
Jaeger, Harry (Drums)
Unknown personnel (Strings)
Unknown personnel (Choir)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
July 12, 1954, Chicago, IL

Aunt Hagar's Blues (Bryan, J.T.; Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5521]
Ole Miss Blues (Handy, W.C.; Hirsch, W.) [master CCO 5523]
Ole Miss Blues (Handy, W.C.; Hirsch, W.) [master alternate take]
Beale Street Blues (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5524]
Alligator Story

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

The first of three very productive days in the studio laying down tracks for the first set of recordings that Armstrong recorded specifically for an album: Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy. There are two CD versions of theW.C. Handyalbum. The first (CK 40242), released in 1986, resulted from a fruitless search for the original session masters; alternate takes were used on six tracks, and the best possible transfers were made from vinyl for the others. When the second (CK 64925) was produced ten years later, a pristine copy of the first LP pressing was digitally mastered, and second generation tapes -- edited in the 1950's for EP issues -- were spliced in when available. The second release is the more definitive of the two. Trummy Young was able to record his own co-composition "'Taint What You Do" at the end of the sessions, and it has seen release on a Columbia album and a European single, although it has yet to make its way to CD.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
July 12, 1954, Chicago, IL

Hesitating Blues (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5522]
Hesitating Blues (rehearsal) (Handy, W.C.)
Loveless Love (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5525]
Loveless Love (partial alternate take) (Handy, W.C.)
Loveless Love (rehearsal) (Handy, W.C.)
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green) (Smith, C.; Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5526]
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green) (partial alternate take) (Smith, C.; Handy, W.C.)
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green) (rehearsal) (Smith, C.; Handy, W.C.)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong
July 13, 1954, Chicago, IL

St. Louis Blues (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5528]
St. Louis Blues (partial alternate take) (Handy, W.C.)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong
July 13, 1954, Chicago,

The Memphis Blues (or Mister Crump) (Norton, G.A.; Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5527]
Atlanta Blues (make Me One Pallet On Your Floor) (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5529]
Atlanta Blues (make Me One Pallet On Your Floor) (partial alternate take) (Handy, W.C.)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong
July 14, 1954, Chicago,

Chantez Les Bas (sing 'em Low) (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5530]
Chantez Les Bas (sing 'em Low) (alternate unspliced take) (Handy, W.C.)
Yellow Dog Blues (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5531]

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong
July 14, 1954, Chicago,

Taint What You Do (Oliver, Sy; Young, James "Trummy") [master CCO 5532] -- Philips 429219 BE
Taint What You Do (Oliver, Sy; Young, James "Trummy") [master CCO 5532-5] -- CBS 88669

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone, Vocal)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong With Sy Oliver's Orchestra
August 13, 1954, New York, NY

Skokiaan Part 1 [master 86652] -- Decca 29256
Skokiaan Part 2 [master 86653] -- Decca 29256
Skokiaan (single) [master 111409] -- Decca 29256

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Simeon, Omer (Soprano Saxophone)
Shavers, Charlie (Trumpet)
Jordan, Taft (Trumpet)
Saloum, Abdul (Trumpet)
Cobbs, Al (Trombone)
Crumley, Elmer (Trombone)
Selden, Paul (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Martin, Dave (Piano)
Baker, Danny (Banjo)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)
Oliver, Sy (Arranger, Conductor)

Hear America Swing (NBC) (radio)
August 13, 1954, Basin Street East, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
The Gypsy
Lover Come Back to Me

WNEW Broadcast (radio)
August 19, 1954, American Legion Park, Ephrata, PA

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Tin Roof Blues
My Bucket's Got a Hole In It
'S Wonderful
Perdido
Velma's Blues
Dummy Song

NBC Broadcast (radio)
August 20, 1954, Basin Street East, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Someday You'll Be Sorry
Big Butter and Egg Man
Muskrat Ramble

Stage Show (CBS-TV) (TV)
August 21, 1954, prob. New Orleans, LA

History of Jazz Medley
South Rampart Street Parade

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (Studio Orchestra)

NBC Broadcast (radio)
August 27, 1954, Basin Street East, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Big Butter and Egg Man
Tea for Two

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
September 1, 1954, New York, NY

Muskrat Ramble (Ory, Edward) [master 86738] -- Decca 29280
Medley: Tenderly, You'll Never Walk Alone (Gross, Walter; Lawrence, Jack; Rogers, Richard; Hammerstein II, Oscar) [master 86739/40] -- Decca (7)4227

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

NBC Broadcast (radio)
September 2, 1954, Basin Street East, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Tea for Two
Dummy Song
Perdido

You Are There: The Emergence of Jazz (November 20, 1917) (TV)
September 5, 1954, New York, NY

Back O' Town Blues
When the Saints Go Marchin' In

A recreation of the history of early Jazz, with Louis playing his mentor and former employer, King Oliver.

More info at imdb.com

Colgate Comedy Hour (episode 5.1) (TV)
September 19, 1954, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA

The Whiffenpoof Song
Birth of the Blues
     Fisher, Eddie (Vocal)
Anything Can Happen at the Hollywood Bowl Medley (Back O' Town Blues)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)

Eddie Fisher replaces regular hosts Dean Margin and Jerry Lewis.

More info at imdb.com

US Treasury Department "Guest Star" program #403 (radio)
October 6, 1954, Unknown location

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
You're Just in Love
Basin Street Blues

The Savings Bond Orchestra was The All Stars. Uncertain recording date.

CBS Radio Broadcast (radio)
December 31, 1954, Down Beat, San Francisco, CA

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
Big Butter and Egg Man
High Society
Auld Lang Syne

Louis Ar (Trumpet, Vocal)
Trummy Young (Trombone)
Barney Bigard (Clarinet)
Billy Kyle (Piano)
Arvell Shaw (Bass)
Barrett Deems (Drums)

Ostensibly released on the LaserLight CD Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars, but the All Music Guide information does not match the CD track listing.

Finian's Rainbow (film)
Late 1954 or early 1955, Unknown location

Ad Lib Blues

Backing Frank Sinatra in a soundtrack song for an uncompleted animated feature.

Louis Armstrong With Sonny Burke's Orchestra
January 18, 1955, Los Angeles, CA

Struttin' With Some Barbecue (Hardin, Lil) [master L8107] -- Decca 29420
Ko Ko Mo [master L8108] -- Decca 29420

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Crosby, Gary (Vocal)
Burke, Sonny (Conductor)
Candoli, Pete (Trumpet)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Ruffell, Donald (Saxophone)
Gentry, Chuck (Saxophone)
Koch, Jos Cook (Saxophone)
Kyle, Billy (Piano, Celeste)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)
Rhythmaires, The Jud Conlon (Vocal)

A single featuring Bing Crosby's son Gary.

Louis Armstrong With Sonny Burke's Orchestra
January 18, 1955, Los Angeles, CA

Sincerely [master L8109] -- Decca 29421
Pledging My Love [master L8110] -- Decca 29421

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Burke, Sonny (Conductor)
Candoli, Pete (Trumpet)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Ruffell, Donald (Saxophone)
Gentry, Chuck (Saxophone)
Koch, Jos Cook (Saxophone)
Kyle, Billy (Piano, Celeste)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
January 21, 1955, Crescendo Club, Los Angeles, CA

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
The Gypsy
Some Day
Tin Roof Blues
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Rose Room
Perdido
Blues For Bass
Me And Brother Bill
When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That Cha Do It)
Lover, Come Back To Me
Don't Fence Me In
Basin Street Blues
When It's Sleepy Time Down South (closing theme)
Shadrack/When The Saints Go Marching In
C'est Si Bon
The Wiffenpoof Song
Rockin' Chair
Twelfth Street Rag
Muskrat Ramble
St. Louis Blues
The Man I Love
Back O' Town Blues
Old Man Mose (first take)
Jeepers Creepers
Margie
Big Mama's Back In Town
Big Butter And Egg Man
Stompin' At The Savoy
When It's Sleepy Time Down South (opening theme)
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Lazy River, (Up a)
Old Man Mose (second take)
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (second take)
S Wonderful
Big Mama's Back In Town (second take)
Since I Fell For You
Mop Mop
When It's Sleepy Time Down South (finale)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Released as part of Decca's 4-disc set, "The California Concerts".

Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC - episode 5.18) (TV)
February 20, 1955, New Orleans, LA

When The Saints Go Marchin' In
Pretty Little Missy
My Bucket's Got a Hole In It
Basin Street Blues
Birth of the Blues
     McRae, Gordon (Vocal)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

NBC-TV show, featuring Peggy Lee and Gordon McRae.

More info at imdb.com

Horace Heidt Show (NBC) (TV)
February 26, 1955, New Orleans, LA

'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
She's Adorable / A Pretty Girl is Like A Melody / Sophisticated Lady
The World is Waiting for a Sunrise
Muskrat Ramble

Ed Sullivan Show (CBS - episode 8.32) (TV)
April 17, 1955, New York, NY

Vesti La Giubba
     Merrill, Robert (Vocal)
Honeysuckle Rose

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Unknown Personnel (Studio Orchestra)

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
April 25, 1955, New York, NY

Yeh! (Norvas, Bill) [master 87839] -- Decca unissued
Mm-mm (Napoleon, M.; Sitto, G.; Roy, J.) [master 87840] -- Decca unissued
Baby, Your Sleep Is Showing (Simon, N.; Tobias, C.) [master 87841] -- Decca 29546

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Pretty much a warmup for the Fats Waller sessions to follow the next day, though at the time only "Your Sleep Is Showing" and "Pretty Little Missy" (a composition by Satch and Billy Kyle) were released.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
April 25, 1955, New York, NY

Tin Roof Blues (Mares; Melrose; Pollack; Stitzel) [master 87842] -- Decca DL 8330
Pretty Little Missy (Armstrong, L.; Kyle, B.) [master 87843] -- Decca 29546

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
April 26, 1955, New York, NY

I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (Rose, B.; Link; Waller, Thomas) [master CO.53251]
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (no overdub) (Rose, B.; Link; Waller, Thomas)
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (edited alternate take) (Rose, B.; Link; Waller, Thomas)
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So) (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas; Brooks) [master CO.53252]
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So) (edited alternate take) (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas; Brooks)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

First session for the Satch Plays Fats tribute album. A virtual repeat of the Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy story, this album's first CD release in 1986 was comprised mostly of alternate takes due to the disappearance of the original master tapes. Happily, though, by 2000 the tapes were rediscovered, resulting in a sensational reissue that included four more alternate edits as bonus tracks -- not to mention seven OKeh recordings of Louis' Waller covers. The final track would seem likely to come from the April 26 session, but its genesis is unverified.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
April 26, 1955, New York, NY

Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas) [master CO.53253]
Honeysuckle Rose (partial alternate take) (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
April 27, 1955, New York, NY

I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me (Waller, Thomas; Hill, A.) [master CO.53258]
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me (partial alternate take) (Waller, Thomas; Hill, A.)
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me (edited alternate take) (Waller, Thomas; Hill, A.)
Blue Turning Grey Over You (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas) [master CO.53259]
Blue Turning Grey Over You (alternate take) (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas)
Blue Turning Grey Over You (edited alternate take) (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
April 27, 1955, New York, NY

All That Meat And No Potatoes (Waller, Thomas; Kirkeby) [master CO.53260]

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
May 3, 1955, New York, NY

Ain't Misbehavin' (Waller, Thomas; Razaf, Andy; Brooks, H.) [master CO.53254]
Ain't Misbehavin' (alternate take) (Waller, Thomas; Razaf, Andy; Brooks, H.)
Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas) [master CO.53272]
Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now (partial alternate take) (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
May 3, 1955, New York, NY

Squeeze Me (Williams, C.; Waller, Thomas) [master CO.53273]
Squeeze Me (no overdub) (Williams, C.; Waller, Thomas)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)
Middleton, Velma (Vocal)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
Unknown date, May, 1955, Unknown location

Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Andy; Waller, Thomas) -- Columbia House Party

This version of &Honeysuckle Rose& differs from the other two available takes from the Waller sessions, and was released on a Columbia House Party disc.

NBC Broadcast (radio)
May 7, 1955, Basin Street East, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Shadrack
When The Saints Go Marchin' In
The Whiffenpoof Song
You're Just in Love
Muskrat Ramble
'S Wonderful

NBC Broadcast (radio)
May 14, 1955, Basin Street East, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Blue Moon
The Man I Love
Rockin' Chair
Mop Mop
Basin Street Blues
When It's Sleepy Time Down South

Ed Sullivan Show (CBS - episode 8.36) (TV)
May 15, 1955, New York, NY

Struttin' With Some Barbecue

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Crosby, Gary (Vocal)
Unknown personnel (Studio Orchestra)

More info at imdb.com

NBC Broadcast (radio)
May 21, 1955, Basin Street East, New York, NY

NBC Broadcast (radio)
May 28, 1955, Basin Street East, New York, NY

All Star Parade of Bands (radio)
June 4, 1955, Unknown location

NBC Broadcast

Producers' Showcase - Wide Wide World (NBC) (TV)
June 27, 1955, Washington, D.C.

Pretty Little Missy
That's My Desire
When The Saints Go Marchin' In

America's Greatest Bands (CBS) (TV)
July 2, 1955, New York, NY

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Pretty Little Missy
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Indiana (Back Home Again In)

Hosted by Paul Whiteman

NBC Broadcast (radio)
July 2, 1955, Basin Street East, New York, NY

NBC Broadcast (radio)
July 3, 1955, Basin Street East, New York, NY

Louis Armstrong With Benny Carter's Orchestra
September 8, 1955, Los Angeles, CA

Only You [master L 8660] -- Decca 29649
Christmas In New Orleans (Sherman; Winkle, Van) [master L 8661] -- Decca 29710
Moments To Remember [master L8662] -- Decca 29649
Christmas Night In Harlem (Scott, Raymond; Parish, Maxwell) [master L8663] -- Decca 29710

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Carter, Benny (Arranger, Conductor)
Klein, Manny (Trumpet)
Candoli, Pete (Trumpet)
Mangano, Vito (Trumpet)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Zentner, Si (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Herfurt, Arthur (Alto Saxophone)
Klee, Harry (Alto Saxophone)
Russin, Babe (Tenor Saxophone)
Ruffell, Donald (Tenor Saxophone)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis and (wink wink) Benny Carter's Orchestra (re: an augmented All Stars lineup). Yet another fine Christmas single.

Louis Armstrong With Gary Crosby And The All Stars
September 9, 1955, Los Angeles, CA

Easy Street (Arlen, H.; Mercer, J.) [master L 8668] -- Decca 29921
Lazy Bones (Mercer; Carmichael) [master L 8669] -- Decca 29921

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Crosby, Gary (Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

A repeat of the earlier session with Crosby Jr.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
September 28, 1955, Los Angeles, CA

Back O' Town Blues (Armstrong, Louis; Russell, Luis) [master CO 53817-2] -- Columbia 40587
Back O' Town Blues (Armstrong, Louis; Russell, Luis) [master CO 53817-rejected]
Mack The Knife (Weill, Kurt; Brecht, B.; Blitzstein, M.) [master CO 53818] -- Columbia 40587
Mack The Knife (Weill, Kurt; Brecht, B.; Blitzstein, M.) [master CO 53818-7]

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

One of Louis' hugest hits, "Mack the Knife" featured Lotte Lenya on vocals for take 5 (as well as some additional session material, all available on Sony Classical CD). Take 7 is available on vinyl only, along with the rejected take of "Back O' Town Blues". Additional edits of "Mack" are found here and there.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
September 28, 1955, Los Angeles, CA

Mack The Knife (Weill, Kurt; Brecht, B.; Blitzstein, M.) [master CO 53818-5]
Mack The Knife (Weill, Kurt; Brecht, B.; Blitzstein, M.) [master CO 53818 -- misc takes]

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Lenya, Lotte (Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Bigard, Barney (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
October 2, 1955, Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
Tin Roof Blues
Basin Street Blues
Sweet Georgia Brown
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
The Gypsy
Pretty Little Missy
When The Saints Go Marching In
When It's Sleepy Time Down South

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Hall, Edmond (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
October 29, 1955, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

See It Now (TV)
November or December, 1955, Vieux Colombier Club, Paris, France

Interview on CBS-TV by Edward E. Murrow, partially included on "Satchmo the Great" CD and LP. Broadcast on December 13, 1955

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
December 19, 1955, Milan, Italy

Indiana (Back Home Again In) (Macdonald, B.; Hanley)
West End Blues (Oliver, Joe) [master CO 55572]
The Faithful Hussar (Frantzen, H.) [master CO 55573]
Tiger Rag (Rocca) [master CO 55576]
Clarinet Marmalade (Ragas, H.; Edwards, E.; LaRocca, N.; Sparbaro, T.; Shields, L.) [master CO 55577]
Someday You'll Be Sorry (Armstrong, Louis) [master CO 56149-2]

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Hall, Edmond (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

"Ambassador Satch", ostensibly a live album, was a mixed bag of genuine concert tapes and studio material overdubbed with audience applause to simulate a live performance. Any release (or re-release) of an Armstrong CD is a welcome event; but, this one has to rate low on the list of crucial discs.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
December 23, 1955, Windsor Palace Cinema, Barcelona, Spain

High Society (film)
January 6-18, 1956, Unknown location

High Society Calypso (Porter, Cole)
Little One (Porter, Cole)
I Love You Samantha (Porter, Cole)
Now You Has Jazz (Porter, Cole)
Here Comes the Bride

Musical adaptation ofThe Philadelphia Storywith a score by Cole Porter and featuring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

More info at imdb.com

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
January 20, 1956, Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
January 24, 1956, Los Angeles, CA

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
January 24, 1956, Los Angeles,

All Of Me (Simons; Marks) [master RHCO 55574]
Twelfth Street Rag (Bowman, E.; Razaf, Andy) [master RHCO 55575]
Royal Garden Blues (Williams, C.; Williams, S.) [master RHCO 33679]
Six Foot Four (unknown) [master RHCO 33680] -- Columbia 40662
Muskrat Ramble (Ory, Edward) [master RHCO 33681] -- Columbia 40662
When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along (unknown) [master CO 33682-2] -- Columbia 40662
Dardanella (Bernard; Black; Fisher) -- Columbia 40662
Undecided -- Columbia 40662
Tin Roof Blues (Mares; Melrose; Pollack; Stitzel) -- Columbia 40662

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Hall, Edmond (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

"All of Me", "Twelfth Street Rag", "Royal Garden Blues", and "Muskrat Ramble" were all recorded for inclusion on the "Ambassador Satch" album. Audience reaction was overdubbed to give them a live feel -- especially obvious during "All of Me", where the canned laughter renders the effect ludicrous. "Dardanella", "Undecided" and "Tin Roof Blues" are included on the CD re-release, although I'm not sure exactly when they were recorded.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
Early 1956, Unknown

Blueberry Hill (Lewis, Al; Stock, Larry; Rose, Vincent) [master CO 57171] -- Columbia 429268
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Creamer; Layton) -- Columbia 429268

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Young, Trummy (Trombone)
Hall, Edmond (Clarinet)
Kyle, Billy (Piano)
Shaw, Arvell (Bass)
Deems, Barrett (Drums)

The first track has been issued on an unidentified Columbia CD; the second on LP.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
March 17, 1956, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

The Perry Como Show (NBC) (TV)
March 23, 1956, New York, NY

Mack the Knife
Ko Ko Mo
     Como, Perry (Vocal)

The Ampol Show (radio)
April 14, 1956, Sydney, Australia

Radio broadcast from downunder hosted by Jack Davey

The Ford Show (radio)
April 19, 1956, Sydney, Australia

Radio broadcast from downunder

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
May 24, 1956, Accra, Ghana

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana, (Back Home Again In)
Flee As A Bird To The Mountain
Oh, Didn't He Ramble
Mack The Knife
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Sly Mongoose
Black And Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
Royal Garden Blues
Bucket's Got A Hole In It

Included in "Satchmo the Great", the film documentary of Louis' world tour. Some of these tracks may have been recorded in New York City on July 14, 1956.

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
June 1, 1956, Medina Temple, Chicago, IL

Medley: Flee As A Bird To The Mountain/Oh, Didn't He Ramble
Medley: Memphis Blues/Frankie And Johnny/Tiger Rag
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Basin Street Blues
Black And Blue
West End Blues
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Medley: Manhattan/When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana
The Gypsy
The Faithful Hussar
Rockin' Chair
Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Perdido
Clarinet Marmalade
Mack The Knife
Medley: Tenderly/You'll Never Walk Alone
Stompin' At The Savoy
Margie
Big Mama's Back In Town
That's My Desire
Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
When The Saints Go Marching In
The Star Spangled Banner

Released on the CD The Great Chicago Concert

NBC broadcast (radio)
June 23, 1956, Basin Street East, New York, NY

The Ed Sullivan Show (episode 9.40) (TV)
June 24, 1956, New York, NY

Willems has no entry for this performance.

More info at imdb.com

Unidentified radio performance (radio)
June, 1956, Unknown location

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
July 6, 1956, Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI

Stompin’ At The Savoy
Undecided
Big Mama’s Back In Town
Ko Ko Mo / Mop Mop
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
July 14, 1956, Lewisohn Stadium, New York, NY

St. Louis Blues (concerto grosso)

Live concert that included a symphony orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein, most notably on a 12-minute version of "St. Louis Blues" Some selections included in the Satchmo the Great film and LP/CD.

The Ed Sullivan Show (episode 9.43) (TV)
July 15, 1956, New York, NY

Muskrat Ramble
Now You Has Jazz
The Faithful Hussar
Stompin' At The Savoy
Basin Street Blues

More info at imdb.com

Producers' Showcase: The Lord Don't Play Favorites (TV)
August 1, 1956, Los Angeles, CA

Rain, Rain (Stanley, Hal; Taylor, Irving) [master G2PB-553-8] -- Victor 20-6630
I Never Saw A Better Day (Stanley, Hal; Taylor, Irving) [master G2PB-554-5] -- Victor 20-6630

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Mooney, Hal (Arranger, Conductor)
Klein, Manny (Trumpet)
Zarchy, Zeke (Trumpet)
Beach, Frank (Trumpet)
Zentner, Si (Trombone)
Kusby, Ed (Trombone)
Roberts, George (Trombone)
Dumont, Jack (Reeds)
Lang, Ronnie (Reeds)
Russin, Babe (Reeds)
Raffell, Don (Reeds)
Gentry, Chuck (Reeds)
Wiggins, Gerald (Piano)
Hendrickson, Al (Guitar)
Comfort, Joe (Bass)
Cottler, Irv (Drums)
Unknown personnel (Choir)

Back into an RCA studio, recording two songs for an NBC-TV special that featured Kaye Starr, Robert Stack, Dick Haymes and Buster Keaton, as well as our Louis.

Alexander Kogan, Jr. of Showcase Productions sent me this informative letter:

It is amazing to me that not a single Satchmo biographer or scholar ever found us. Take a look at www.showcaseproductions.com, and look at "THE LORD DON'T PLAY FAVORITES" which aired, live, as part of the Producers' Showcase series on NBC in September 1957. We have much of the original production documents, including a really poignant letter from Satchmo's agent, asking Saul Jaffe if the real reason for the dealy in getting the production on the air, was that Louis was a person of color; Saul assured him that wasn't the problem, and the program went on the air with Louis.

Another interesting sidelight: We have the original NBC program cards for the series; I was puzzled as to why there was a large "X" next to the names of several performers, until I figured out that "X" meant Black -- Louis Armstrong, Velma Middleton, etc. The practice evidently stopped in 1956.

Regards,

Alexander W. Kogan, Jr.
Showcase Productions, Inc.

More info at imdb.com