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Louis Armstrong is the Subject of the Old-Fashioned Film “Louis The Movie”

By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

Where: The Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., New York When: Monday, 8 p.m. How much: $35-$50. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

UPDATE: The venerable Nate Chinen weighs in with an excellect, but not charitable reveiew of the film. His assessment rings true to me, I’ll only add that I seemed to have enjoyed it a bit more than he did. Viewed through the “jazz movie” perspective it is a shallow farce, but as a 21st-century homage to Charlie Chaplin it was a good deal of fun.

McGuinness’ Big Band Wows Blue Note

By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

This weekend, I’m hanging out at Fort Adams State Park with the WBGO/WGBH/NPR Music team, broadcasting this year’s Newport Jazz Festival. Day one is over, and I talked with NPR’s Patrick Jarenwattananon last night for a recap. You can check that out over at A Blog Supreme.

We’re back in action again today, with the Ben Allison Band rocking the stage as we speak (UPDATE: the weekend is over, but you can see our day two recap at A Blog Supreme.) Tune into until 7:30 this evening for more great music, and also dig the NPR Music coverage, where most of what we record is being archived for your listening (and re-listening) pleasure by the NPR Music team.

For the trombonists in the listening audience, I especially recommend tuning in for Conrad Herwig‘s Latin Side of Herbie at 5:20 PM. As many of you know, Herwig has been my teacher and mentor at Rutgers since last year. As a bonus, you’ll get to hear me talk with Josh Jackson on the air to introduce the set. To hear my dulcet tones in action, tune in a little after 5 and catch the (sure to be wild) ending of Ken Vandermark’s Powerhouse. Josh and I will be on to introduce Conrad shortly thereafter.

Tonight, WBGO and NPR Music are broadcasting their monthly Live @ The Village Vanguard series. This broadcast will feature saxophonist Greg Osby and his quintet of Terri Lynne Carrington on drums, Nir Felder on guitar, Marc Copland on piano and Joseph Lepore on bass.

It also happens to be Osby’s 50th birthday. If I were to find myself in 2034 celebrating my semicentennial at the Vanguard, I’d probably be feeling pretty good about life.

Tune in at 9 pm to hear Osby in action — as usual, I will be hanging out in the online chat so say hello if you stop by.

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