David Ostwald takes Louis Armstrong very seriously — not only as a philosophical model, but as a musical beacon. That’s why he’s created and led a small hot jazz group devoted to Louis and the music he loved — now called the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band — that has had a regular Wednesday gig at Birdland for fourteen years.
But sometimes honoring Louis takes David off the bandstand. On December 11, he stopped in at Birdland to say hello to everyone before heading to the Louis Armstrong House Museum gala which was honoring Quincy Jones and Dan Morgenstern. But David wanted to make sure that the music at Birdland would be right on target, so he asked his friend and ours, Brian Nalepka, to lead the band.
Brian brought his string bass and sang on a few songs, and had the best assistance from Danny Tobias, cornet; Tom Artin, trombone; Pete Martinez, clarinet; Vinny Raniolo, banjo; Kevin Dorn, drums. Here’s the first half of that delightful concert for Louis.
SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH / INDIANA:
OH, DIDN’T HE RAMBLE:
BODY AND SOUL (featuring Pete Martinez, King of Tones):
I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME:
Many first-class songs associated with that Armstrong fellow, and what a band!
May your happiness increase!