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In January 1971, in one of his final performances, Louis Armstrong used "Hello Dolly" to convey the joy of being alive.

Listen Louis Armstrong: With Love And Grace, A Final 'Hello'

May 15, 2012 – In one of his final performances, Armstrong used "Hello Dolly" to convey the joy of being alive.


Don Byron released Love, Peace, and Soul with his New Gospel Quintet on Feb. 21.

Read Gospel Meets Jazz, With Unpredictable Results

March 12, 2012 – Two recent albums offer contrasting perspectives on the intersection of two American music styles.


A real skeletal jazz band.

Read Five Hauntingly Hip Sides For Your Jazz Halloween WFIU

October 27, 2011 – Dig the grave, gone sounds of some wickedly good music, including a brass-filled "Thriller." WFIU

In 1926, everyone did the Charleston on ice.

Read Five Jazz Sides For The Age Of Prohibition WFIU

September 27, 2011 – The banning of alcohol and the subsequent rise of speakeasies played a role in jazz's evolution. WFIU

Louis Armstrong tucks into a plate of spaghetti in Rome with his wife Lucille in 1949.

Read The Culinary Habits Of Louis Armstrong

August 4, 2011 – He was arguably the greatest artist of the 20th century. He was also one of its greatest eaters.

28th May 1974:  Teenage fans at a David Cassidy concert at White City, London.  (Photo by Tim Graham/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Read Cry Baby Cry: Songs That Make You Weep

July 19, 2011 – The All Songs gang and listeners spill on the tunes that bring them to tears.


Got your burger ready?

Read Five Platters For Your Fourth Of July Picnic WFIU

June 30, 2011 – As America's birthday approaches, here are five tasty offerings for your Fourth of July celebration. WFIU

Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket.

Read Hop And Bop: Jazz For Easter WESA

April 21, 2011 – Grab some chocolate bunnies and hear five jazz songs to help you hop into the Easter spirit. WESA

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Listen Library Of Congress Receives Largest Single Audio Donation

January 10, 2011 – Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday are included in Universal Music's recordings.



Read Jazz Is For The Birds WESA

April 5, 2010 – Get an ornithology lesson featuring jazz songbirds Brad Mehldau, Louis Armstrong and more. WESA

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Listen New Louis Armstrong, By Way Of Preservation Hall

February 14, 2010 – Armstrong's "Rockin' Chair" gets a whole new sound, thanks to some nimble engineering.


Listen 'Pops': Louis Armstrong, In His Own Words

December 2, 2009 – Terry Teachout talks about his new biography of the jazz icon, based on hundreds of private tapes.


Read Gary Giddins: 101 Ways To Get Into 'Jazz' WBGO

November 17, 2009 – Giddins picks five songs from his list of 101 jazz recordings for new and aspiring fans. WBGO

Listen Louis Armstrong, The 'Decca Sessions'

September 10, 2009 – Kevin Whitehead reviews a new seven-disc set that chronicles the trumpeter's big band performances.



Read Dairy Products And Jazz? Odd June Holidays WESA

June 1, 2009 – Celebrate obscure June days dedicated to pudding, fishing and smiles with Louis Armstrong and more. WESA

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