Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday Coffeehouse: Louis Armstrong

I believe that Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was one of the greatest entertainers ever. When I listen to his music I get the feeling that he lived in better times; I know his time, with the Depression, intolerable racism, and World War II, weren’t better. However, the music of Satchmo sure makes it seem better. It’s a pleasure and an honor to welcome Satch to this coffeehouse.


Gone Fishing (with Bing Crosby)

A Kiss to Build a Dream On

Sittin’ in the Sun

Mac the Knife

What a Wonderful World

Be cool.

Stick around.

Have another cuppa Joe. 

Listen to Satch some mo’.

Or visit a previous coffeehouse.

You dig?

Leonard Cohen

Bob Gibson & Bob Camp

The Kingston Trio

Carmen McRae, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Steve Allen, Dave Brubeck, Del Close & John Brent

Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie

Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

Theolonious Monk & Lenny Bruce

Carly Simon

Summer of Love (1967)

Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert

The Kingston Trio Returns

Miles Davis & Jack Kerouac

The Satire of the Mitchell Trio

John Denver


  1. There sure ain't nobody like Satchmo. My mum wants When the Saints go Marching in by Satchmo played at her funeral.

    It's gonna be a hell of a party...oops, wrong word...heaven of a party.

  2. Satchmo is a joy to watch and hear. I agree with you: he was a grand entertainer.

  3. Thanks Nick.

    You got me all interested in Satchmo's life, so I had to travel to wiki and read all that they had on him. I was surprised to read that he's been gone since 1971. It doesn't seem like it's been THAT long. Maybe that's because he still lives through his music.

    I love his voice and I always loved seeing him so into what he was doing that he sweated profusely and unabashedly.

  4. Puss-in-Boots : You are damned—I mean “darned”—no, “damned” is right (use as an adjective is OK; it’s as a verb that makes it problematic) right! Anywhere that Satchmo’s music is played is a a splendid time. I like your mom’s idea: much better than playing a dirge!!!!!!!!!

    The Viscount : Amen!

  5. Sandy: I love Satchmo, too. There is something about him that lightens and gives a face-lift to my soul.

    Carol: I agree 100%. The world was a much better place because he was in it.

  6. I agree with you. His entertainment value was over the top and his personal value is unfathomable. When I hear him sing "What a Wonderful World," I just tingle.

    I, too, had not realized he has been gone that long. I guess he will live on through us for a long, long time to come.

    Thanks for a great post.

  7. Thank you, Nick, for another great coffee house.

  8. One of a kind...funny how some entertainers can never be duplicated. That may not be the right word, he is one that can't be replaced. I also love Sammy Davis, Jr. and I haven't heard anyone try to match his vocal talents either. Thanks for all the great music and the trip down memory lane. :)

  9. Excellent, Reverend Nick! Thank you!