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Satchmo at the Waldorf

  • Court Theatre 5535 South Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (map)

by Terry Teachout
directed by Charles Newell
featuring Barry Shabaka Henley

The story: The greatest trumpet player in the world has just finished a set in the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. It’s 1971, and Louis Armstrong is at the end of his incredibly successful career. After retiring backstage, he begins to reminisce about his life, revealing an intimate, unknown portrait of the man behind the trumpet and the ever-evolving struggle to live with dignity as a Black musician in a White world.  Armstrong’s story is told through the voice of a single actor playing both Armstrong and his Jewish manager Joe Glaser, bringing to life an emotional journey of deep friendship and its tragic destruction. Satchmo at the Waldorf is an intimate exploration of Armstrong’s life, legacy, and above all, jazz.

Earlier Event: February 12
Satchmo at the Waldorf
Later Event: February 13
Satchmo at the Waldorf