Documentary: Satchmo the Great

  • Beverly Arts Center (773) 445-3838 2407 West 111th Street Chicago, IL, 60655 United States

View a special documentary loaned from the Armstrong archives. Satchmo the Great, made by Edward R. Murrow, is a 1957 biography film of the jazz-great. He and his band tour the world as American good-will ambassadors bringing jazz at its best to the people of the world. Within the film, the life of Louis Armstrong is portrayed through the music. One of the outstanding scenes in this biography/docudrama shows blind songwriter W. C. Handy, with tears streaming down his face, as Armstrong, backed by Leonard Bernstein leading the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, play Handy's immortal "St. Louis Blues."

Year: 1957
Screenwriter: Edward R. Murrow
Length: 63 minutes
Language: English