I know that the physical remains of Louis Armstrong changed their form in 1971, but I believe that his living presence remains all around us: not only in musicians, but in anyone amplified by and aware of his loving joyous spirit.
But the musicians give us the most evident vibrating proof.
Marc Caparone, cornet, with High Sierra at the Suncoast Jazz Classic, recorded in 2014 by Cine Devine:
Bent Persson, trumpet; Petter Carlson, piano, last month, recorded by Claes Jansson:
Three kinds of lyrical beauty — each individual, each glowing. You don’t have to play a trumpet to embody Louis. Send out love, act joyously and kindly; enjoy your life — every day — and Louis lives through you.
P.S. I am posting this blog on July 4 — the date Louis believed was his birthday. Reasonable evidence still points to this date, although 1901 rather than 1900. If nothing else, his mother called him her “firecracker baby,” and although Mayann’s formal education must have been limited, I believe that she wouldn’t confuse July and August when remembering her delivery.
May your happiness increase!