‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’

Set in 1971 after Louis Armstrong’s final performance at the Waldorf—just months before his death—Terry Teachout’s excellent one-man show portrays the private side of the trumpeter, one that his audiences rarely saw. Far from his smiling stage persona, the Armstrong who appears here, played wonderfully by John Douglas Thompson, is the same man who can be heard on the reel-to-reel recordings that he made at home and in the company of friends: joking and relaxed, but also frank and indignant about the endemic racism he’d faced his entire life, and the snide accusations of Tomming from younger jazz musicians like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit satchmonyc.com.

Category: Theater
Westside Theatre
407 West 43rd Street,
New York, NY