Friday, August 30, 2013

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Celebrates The Genius of Satchmo: Louis Armstrong (8/4/1901-7/6/1971)

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"If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original." ~Duke Ellington 

"Armstrong is to music what Einstein is to physics and the Wright Brothers are to travel."~"Jazz" documentary producer Ken Burns

On August 4, 1901, A True American Original Was Born...Help Us Celebrate The Legacy of Louis Daniel 'Satchmo' Armstrong By Checking Out These Special Tributes Only Available Through The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & Media Network...

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News: Tha Artivist Presents…Memphis Black History, More Than The Place Where Dr. King Died:


W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: 'Little Satchmo: The Daughter of Louis Armstrong Speaks'
Guest: Sis. Sharon L. Preston-Folta

 To the world, Louis Armstrong is iconic—a symbol of musical genius, unparalleled success and unassailable character. To Sharon Preston-Folta, he was, simply, Dad. Despite the enduring celebration and study of Armstrong’s life and career, no one, save for close family and friends, knows Sharon exists. Even in the trumpeter’s death she remains Armstrong’s secret—the product of a two-decade-long affair between the long-married musician, and the vaudeville dancer Lucille Preston. And for more than half a century, she has lived her life hiding in the shadows of her father’s fame.

Until now.

Now, Sharon shares her story—extraordinary because of who her father was, but universal in its reach toward generations who have grown up in fatherless households, searching for a keen understanding of their own blood, their own DNA, their own Legacy. Little Satchmo is an extraordinary tale of identity, loss, and one daughter’s ultimate search for truth—and her father’s love. 

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Books Review: ‘Little Satchmo’ Is An Open Letter To ‘Big Satchmo’

By Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist


“Little Satchmo” by Sharon L. Preston-Folta is an essential or must read for anybody who calls themselves a fan of ‘Big Satchmo,’ Louis Armstrong, in particular and jazz music in general…I am always looking for new information for one of the greatest geniuses in any genre of human activity that’s ever lived and this book fits the bill and then some…I thought Sharon’s book was both brutally honest and spiritual moving…The book is very engaging and hypnotic like one of Louis Armstrong’s greatest recordings, so much so that I was able to finish the entire book in just 3 hours…’Little Satchmo’ reads like a movie script ready for the big screen…It seems like writing about her complex love/loveless relationship with her famous father was both a very cathartic and therapeutic process for Sharon…It is ironic and very sad that a man who was and is still able to bring so much joy and comfort to millions of folks with his Promethean singular talent , even after being dead over 40 years , could not even bring true happiness to one little girl who had his blood coursing through her veins…

However, Sharon’s story is not a tragic tale but a triumphant one…By her rightfully reclaiming her inheritance in terms of her identity she has in a way exorcised demons that had tormented her for most of her life…Instead of feeling sorry for Sharon you find yourself rooting and cheering her on…Although the book reveals a side of the Armstrong myth that is less than stellar, it does not in any way ruin the Armstrong aura and brand but instead it enhances it by making him accessibly human…The book also shows how Armstrong was willing to sacrifice the love of his daughter for his public image and the love of complete strangers which to me goes back to the following question: Can one be truly great  or exceptional at what he or she does while at the same time be a great and attentive parent??? Sharon is the classic underdog with top dog abilities and just like her father she possesses an alchemist touch in turning the mundane into the profound…I highly recommend this book!!!

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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "Echoes of Louis: A Conversation With Satchmo from the Grave"

On Sunday June 24, 2007, And In Honor Of June Being National Black Music Month Yours Truly Had The Honor And Privilege Of Interviewing Arguably The Greatest Musician Of The 20th Century, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Daniel Armstrong…For One Hour In All Pops Shared With Us His Reflections On Growing Up In New Orleans, His Relationships With People Influential In The Development Of His Career And Craft And His Overall Observations About Life…Needless To Say It Was Very Insightful And Colorful Commentary That Was Also Very Edutaining…Please Feel Free To Listen To The Conversation For Yourselves And As Always Please Spread The Good News!!!


W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "Louis Armstrong's
New Orleans:
A Conversation With
Thomas D. Brothers"


 Dr. Thomas Brothers with Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist

A Wonderful Conversation With One Of The World's Greatest Louis Armstrong Experts!!!

Thomas Brothers is Professor of Music at Duke University, where he teaches jazz, African-American music and late medieval music. He holds a Ph. D. degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley.  His most recent book is entitled Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans (W. W. Norton 2006).  He has also published Chromatic Beauty in the Late-Medieval Chanson (Cambridge University Press 1997), Louis Armstrong: In His Own Words (Oxford University Press 1999), an edition of nineteen documents authored by Armstrong, and many articles on jazz and late medieval music.    His awards include a fellowship for study of race and music at the John Hope Franklin Institute (2001-2002), a fellowship for studying New Orleans at the National Humanities Center (2003-2004) and a fellowship for the study of fifteenth-century music at Villa I Tatti in Florence Italy (1999-2000).  He is currently working on a book that follows Louis Armstrong from 1922, the year he arrived in Chicago, through the mid 1930s.


 Learning Theory Moments In Black History: A Satchmo Story (Louis Armstrong)

Louis ‘Satchmo’ Daniel Armstrong Was Arguably The Greatest Musician Of The 20th Century…He singlehandedly altered music as we know it for all time…Or did he??? With that said sometimes many of us get caught up in the ‘Great Man of History’ illusion, myth and narrative. Truth be told communities create leaders and not the other way around and Satchmo was no exception. Closely tied to the role of feelings in the transformational learning process is the role of relationships (Merriam, Caffarella & Baumgartner, 2007). It does take a village to raise a child and to even inspire greatness and genius. “Trust, friendship and support” are necessary for effective reflective or rational discourse to occur (Merriam, Caffarella & Baumgartner, 2007). With that said I will show through several examples of how transformative learning theory was applied in the early life and career of Louis Armstrong through several key and pivotal relationships with the Karnofskys, Peter Davis and The Colored Waifs Home, Papa Joe King Oliver & Lil Hardin Armstrong.

Merriam, S. B., Caffarella, R. S., & Baumgartner, L. M. (2007). Learning in Adulthood: A
Comprehensive Guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

And The Best Is Yet To Come!!!

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