Louis Armstrong is remembered as one of the most influential figures in 20th Century music. Gaining initial prominence as a trumpet player, Armstrong eventually gained recognition for his distinct gravelly singing voice and improvisational skills. Renowned for his contributions to jazz music, Armstrong’s career extended to popular music and culture in general by the end of his career.
On Tuesday, February 28, Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, will speak at the East Brunswick Public Library about and display footage from the final decades of Armstrong’s career. This includes memorable renditions of such hits as “Hello Dolly!”, “What a Wonderful World”, and “(What Did I Do) To Be So Black and Blue”. Riccardi, also the author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, has given numerous lectures and taught graduate courses on Armstrong’s life and career.
EBPL has an extensive selection of biographies, DVDs, and musical recordings on Armstrong and jazz musicians in general. You can find much of them in our Biographies and Musicals sections.