Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World - 92Y, New York

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Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong was the most important jazz musician of all time.

From his early masterpieces (“Potato Head Blues,” “West End Blues”) to later hits like “What a Wonderful World,” he revolutionized American music. Catch three of today’s trumpet giants — Warren Vaché, Jon Faddis and Brian Lynch — as they pay sizzling tribute to the singular Satchmo, with a classic New Orleans rhythm section in full force behind them. The perfect coda to Jazz in July 2017.

Jon Faddis, trumpet
Warren Vaché, trumpet
Brian Lynch, trumpet
John Allred, trombone
Ken Peplowski, clarinet
Nick Russo, guitar & banjo
Bill Charlap, piano
Peter Washington, bass
Paul Wells, drums

92Y Jazz in July is partially endowed by a generous gift from Simona and Jerome A. Chazen. Additional support is generously provided by Mrs. Suzanne Valenstein, the Wechsler Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

A Note from Bill Charlap

Dear Friends,
There’s no better way to kick off this year’s festival than with a swinging 90th birthday celebration of NEA Jazz Master, Dick Hyman.

Jon Faddis, trumpet

Trumpeter, conductor, composer and educator Jon Faddis first picked up his instrument at age seven, inspired by an appearance by Louis Armstrong on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Warren Vaché, trumpet

Warren Vaché has appeared at virtually every major jazz venue and festival in the world.

Brian Lynch, trumpet

Grammy Award winner Brian Lynch brings an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience to his music.

John Allred, trombone

John Allred enjoys a multi-faceted career encompassing traditional jazz, stage and film productions, and studio work.

Ken Peplowski, clarinet

Ken Peplowski has performed and recorded with such artists as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Sonny Stitt, Mel Tormé, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing and Bobby Short (on the singer’s last recording).

Nick Russo, guitar & banjo

Guitarist/banjoist Nick Russo leads three bands: Nick Russo+11, Hot Jazz Jumpers and Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches.

Bill Charlap, artistic director, piano

Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.

Peter Washington, bass

Perhaps the most recorded bassist of his generation, Peter Washington has a discography of more than 450 recordings.

Paul Wells, drums

Paul Wells began playing drums at age 10 in his hometown of Pittsburgh.