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September 10, 2012


Carole Blossom

Again Satchmo comes alive on the page. What a feat of writing and acting recreating the life and soul of this legendary God of jazz to thrill audiences once again "revisiting" his talent thru a play. CA is far from MA but you brought the essence of this performance right onto my computer here in North Orange County, CA. What I would give to have seen this play! Thanks for your review PT:) Ms Blossom

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

So much of his life story is below the radar. He had lucky breaks, made the most of them. THe combination of his immense talent on trumpet and singing (mostly a scat style he started one night when he forgot lyrics!)and his remarkable open hearted personality put him on the map. His stage personality was forged in the 1920s 30s and 40s and didnt change much in the 50s and 60s, and he took lots of flack for that. He did publicly rebuke Eisenhower for not acting faster during the school desegregation in Little Rock, AK and quit his good will ambassador gig for a while over that ugly time.
Thanks for your thoughts!

May Louise White

Yes, Louis Armstrong's success story is indeed amazing!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

The more I learned about his rise to fame, the more i was fascinated with the role his manager played in Louis' life. When Louis says, "He saved my ass," he wasn't kidding. That said, no manager could have done what Joe Glaser did unless his client had more talent and personality than any other trumpeter in his orbit.

Carole Blossom

Hi Back Paul: Thanks for the informative and prompt reply. You sure don't let any grass grow under your feet! Love your writing style and your big heart. You do have a way with people all walks of life...like a magnet!
In fact, now that I think of it, you and Satchmo have that remarkable open hearted personality in common :) You mentioned Louis' life story being below the radar. That is what makes him unique and real. He was the real deal even down to the story he told at the Waldorf about "messing himself". And good for him that he gave Eisenhower a piece of his mind....Satchmo wasn't afraid to express his beliefs even if they were not popular with segments of his audience, ie the whities . Anyway, thanks for sharing your insights and wisdom with me. Woulda loved to see that play. Will stay tuned.....

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