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Why Louis Armstrong Matters (Virtual Program)

There is much, Much, MUCH more to Louis Armstrong than you could ever imagine.  Depending upon which generation to which you belong, you might associate him with What a Wonderful World, or Hello Dolly, or Cabaret.  These were hits from the last decade of his life, but Louis Daniel Armstrong single-handedly changed everything about music. The way we sing, the way we phrase, in fact he, himself created swing.  During the 1920’s he created the very essence of solo oriented jazz performance through the sheer power and brilliance of his being.  And not just jazz! Classical musicians were deeply affected by his sound.  

Come find out how this child from the poorest and most dangerous neighborhood in the deep- south, rose above poverty and prejudice to become America’s Ambassador of Goodwill.  This presentation includes rare and recently discovered images from over 100 years ago and state of the art restorations of Louis’ earth shaking, life altering recordings.

Tom Roberts is one of the leading exponents of early jazz piano in the world today. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson The Statler Brothers Show on TNN , and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Kiellor.  Tom arranged and performed the music for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s film The Aviator, starring Leonardo di Caprio, as well as several titles for the film DeLovely.  Originally from Pittsburgh, Tom played in all the major jazz clubs in the French Quarter and on the riverboats of New Orleans when he lived there from 1989 to 1994. Tom has performed twice at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2003, once with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. He was featured in 2003 in solo with Dick Hyman at the prestigious Jazz In July series at New York’s 92nd St. Y.  Tom has recorded over 40 albums and has performed throughout the United States and Europe.  He is currently working on the next Rick Sebak special for WQED.


The Librarian coordinating the event will email each registrant a Zoom meeting invitation approximately an hour before the start of the program.  Zoom is available as a free desktop (for Windows, MacOS, and Linux Operating systems) and mobile application for Android and Apple iOS devices. Once Zoom is installed, you will be able to join the virtual Library program.

Registration is required.  By registering for this event you have agreed to comply with the library's patron behavior policy. All non-compliant participants will be immediately and permanently blocked from further participation.  Because the Librarian facilitating the event will not be able to provide live technical support during the virtual program, it is strongly encouraged you familiarize yourself with Zoom in advance of the program. You can also contact the Library’s Virtual Reference Service for assistance learning Zoom.  You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom. For more in-depth instructions please visit the Zoom support page on joining a meeting.

Wednesday Feb 24, 2021  - Wednesday Feb 24, 2021

7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM

Mt. Lebanon Public Library    412-531-1912    events@mtlebanonlibrary.org


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