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“A TRULY LOVING PERSON”: DAN MORGENSTERN REMEMBERS LOUIS ARMSTRONG (May 24, 2019)

I’ve had many beautiful experiences in my life, but being able to hear Dan Morgenstern talk about Louis Armstrong — the man, seen at close range — is one of those I treasure now and will always treasure.  We spent an early afternoon a few days ago, sharing sweet thoughts of our greatest hero.  I invite you to join us for tender memories and some surprises.  I have intentionally presented the video segments here without annotation so that viewers can be delighted and surprised as I was and am.

These segments are emotionally important to me, so I saw no reason to wait until July 4, July 6, or even August 1 to share them with you.

And just a small matter of chronology: Dan will be ninety on October 24, 2019.  Let us start planning the parades, shall we?

a relevant musical interlude:

Part Two:

some life-changing music:

Part Three:

Dave and Iola Brubeck’s SUMMER SONG:

Part Four (and before one of the JAZZ LIVES Corrections Officers rushes to the rescue, I am sure that the funeral Dan refers to as the ideal was Ellington’s):

Part Five:

The blessed EV’NTIDE:

A very brief postscript, which I whimsically began by telling Dan I was going to throw him a curveball, which he nimbly hit out of the park:

SUN SHOWERS:

Dan and I owe much to the great friend of jazz and chronicler, Harriet Choice, who encouraged us to do this interview.

And a piece of mail, anything but ordinary:

 

Early in the conversation, Dan said that Louis “made everyone feel special.”  He does the same thing, and it comes right through the videos.  That we can share the same planet with Mister Morgenstern is a great gift.

May your happiness increase!

WHAT HAPPINESS LOOKS LIKE — LONDON, 1956

Here’s a man entirely in alignment, as the life coaches say — someone who understood his true purpose early, worked at it, and derived the deepest joy from it (while improving the universe in his travels).

A previously unknown candid shot taken in London, 1956, for sale on eBay.  Here’s the information.

LOUIS, LONDON, 1956

Even someone so happy in his work needs a life partner, and this man found the one he loved in 1942:

LOUIS AND LUCILLE 1956

Click here for the eBay information.  May everyone reading this post be as happy in their lives as the man and woman in these photographs!

Thanks to David J. Weiner for pointing me to these portraits.  “Solid, Pops!”

May your happiness increase.

DIG, MAN — HERE COMES GRANDPA POPS

The headline in the STANDART NEWS (Bulgaria) STYLE section reads

GRANDSON OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG AWARDS BULGARIAN STARS

Grandson of legendary Louis Armstrong awarded the rising stars of Bulgaria

Four Bulgarian talents have sparked furor at the Pride of the Nations entertainment show in Moscow. The rising stars grabbed the highest awards and made claims for bright future. The grandson of legendary Louis Armstrong in person handed the gold medals to the Bulgarian prodigies. Peter Todorov (12) from Russe grabbed two gold medals in the Talent and Fashion categories and the Grand Prix for the best vocal. The boy enchanted the public with the song by Philip Kirkorov, Diva. The smallest participant in the Pride of the Nations, Radina Penkova from Burgas won two gold awards for her Sheherazade song. Yet another Gold went to 17-year-old Mikhaela Ilieva. The participants appeared on the catwalk designed by the legend of the Russian fashion Slava Zaitsev.

Tsvetelina Terzieva

It’s a wonderful story, but since Louis — and Daisy, and Lil, and Alpha, and Lucille — produced no children, I wonder who the happy “grandson . . . in person” is.  Louis would have been amused at all this sparking of furor. 

May your happiness increase.