Louis Armstrong in
featuring the talents of Troi Bechet, Jake Gold, Owen Callahan,
Luther Gray, Jeff Klein, Steve Glenn and Marcio Peeter is honored
to present “Africa to Armstrong,” a riveting journey through New
Orleans’ music and cultural history and a uniquely sensational
experience shared by locals and visitors alike!
Louis Armstrong spent a great deal of time in Africa and was
profoundly inspired by his visit to his ancestral home. For
example, Armstrong took the African tune, “Skokiaan,” made it a
stateside hit, and Africans were thrilled to have Satchmo visit
his homeland as 100,000 fans turned out for his afternoon
performance on a work day in Accra, Ghana! Here's a clip of
The “Bamboula” rhythm is the backbeat, the thread that ties the
show together and will be heard in many of the songs i.e.
“Africa,” “St. James Infirmary,” “Congo Square,” Sidney Bechet’s
“Creole Blues,” Gottschalk's Bamboula, and Louis’ rendition of “Skokiaan,”
just to name a few!
Inspired by a conversation with Senegalese filmmaker Joseph Gai
Ramaka, African percussionist Jeff Klein began to pursue his
goal of creating a music ensemble dedicated to capturing the
intimate, and essential relationship between West African and
New Orleans music. The Africa Brass ensemble became a reality,
and that has evolved in to this show Africa to Armstrong which
connects the bridge from Africa to New Orleans.
An important element that flows through this show is the
“Bamboula” rhythm/dance (also an African drum known as Bombolong)
which originated in Africa and was popularized by enslaved
Africans during the 18th century in Congo Square. A classical
piece “The Bamboula,” inspired by that rhythm/dance was written
by Creole composer, Louis Gottschalk in 1845. The Bamboula beat
is still strong, and can be heard in much of New Orleans present
day music, ie: Neville Brothers, Luther Gray's Bamboula 2000,
Black Indian Music, Brass Band, and Gospel.
A Look Into Africa Brass: Imagine a sound of West African
rhythms, connecting with New Orleans Brass and ultimately
falling in love with Jazz--hear it yet? This is Africa Brass,
embodying the most innovative, globally inspired marriage of
Brass, drums, and Jazz and creating a musical experience unlike
Africa Brass |
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