Louis Armstrong: the Legendary Interview

Although I’ve heard many interviews with Louis Armstrong nothing came close to encountering the “Sliviovice” interview some 35 years ago over WKCR. It was truly a “fly on the wall” moment as I listened and recorded on cassette three close friends: Dan Morgenstern, Jack Bradley and Louis. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this joyous gathering.

-Scott Wenzel

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Jazz in the USA: On the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival

For the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, journalist Soledad O’Brien moderates a panel discussion with George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival; Dan Morgenstern, author, archivist, and NEA Jazz Master; and jazz musicians Jonathan Batisteand Christian McBride. Film clips of the 1960 festival (from the holdings of the National Archives) will complement the discussion. 

Join us on Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yVVsGFuaA) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).

Jazz at the National Archives is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives through the generous support of Natixis Global Asset Management.

Image: 1970 Newport Jazz Festival (The personal collection of George Wein).

The Tumultuous Early Years of Jazz Writer Dan Morgenstern

Tom Reney’s blog post about Dan Morgenstern, on the New England Public Radio site, on the occasion of his 85th birthday, wisely concentrates on the early years of this exceptional human being and friend of jazz. He’s told me many stories about his early years escaping Europe that can make your blood run cold. His relationship with Louis Armstrong was emblematic of the kind of person he was.

-Michael Cuscuna
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