Armstrong;Louis Good Evening E
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(2008/IMAGE) NTSC, Code 0, Color, 92 Mins. A Musical Celebration You'll Never Forget, 'Good Evening Ev'rybody' Brings Together Louis Armstrong And Musical Guests For A Never-Before- Released Concert Performance In Honor Of Armstrong's 70th Birthday At The Newport Jazz Festival. Enjoy Many Of His Greatest Hits From Rhearsal To Concert, Performed By Armstrong And An Array Of Guests Including Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Hackett Wild Bill Davison And Ray Nance, Along With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band And The Eureka Brass Band. A High-Definition Digital Restoration Of The Original Unreleased Film Elements, This Musical Treasure Will Have You On Your Feet All The Way To Its Rousing And Moving Gospel- Inspired Finale!Medium 1Hello, Dolly!I Want A Little GirlThanks A MillionWay Down Yonder In New OrleansI'm Confessin'Them There EyesNobody Knows The Trouble I've SeenI'm In The Market For YouAin't Misbehavin'When It's Sleepy Time Down SouthPennies From HeavenBlueberry HillLet There Be Peace On EarthCome On Children, Let's SingElijah RockJust A Closer Walk With TheeWhen The Saints Go Marching InMack The KnifeWhat A Wonderful World
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Famed jazz producer George Wein, who created the Newport Jazz Festival and has produced it for many years, threw Armstrong's all-star party, featuring Mahalia Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie as well as many other jazz greats; he also had the foresight to get it professionally filmed, though the film was never released. He even went to Armstrong's house, in Queens, New York, and, by asking the musician a series of artfully-framed questions, got what is, in effect, a narration from the master. Mind you, Armstrong was not well at the time; he passed on July 6, 1971, and this is believed to be his last filmed concert performance. The original, first generation 16 mm. film of the 1970 concert was produced and directed by Wein, filmmaker Sidney J. Stiber, and executive produced by Jack Lewerke. Producer Albert Spevak created new hi def masters from the original, and digitally restored the audio from the original concert masters.
On the DVD, we see Armstrong rehearsing and performing many of his greatest hits. He is joined by performers such as Jimmy Owens, Bobby Hackett, Wild Bill Davison, and Ray Nance, who perform some too. I believe I counted 24 songs in all. Gillespie does "I'm Confessing," and "Ain't Misbehavin'." Davison does "Them There Eyes." Owens does "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen." Nance, a big band performer with lounge lizard style, gives us "I'm in the Market for You." We also get "Thanks a Million," and "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans." Armstrong gives us his signature tune, "Sleepy Time Down South," "Pennies From Heaven, " and "Mac the Knife." We get "What a Wonderful World" and "Hello Dolly" in rehearsal. Also, his surprising, unpretentious take of "Blueberry Hill," which he sings complete with New Orleans accent: "you bodder me still." Well, the New Orleans accent, like the famed Brooklyn accent, grows out of the Irish accent, and the troublesome "th" sound might as well not exist.
Watching this, you can never forget that these artists are making music, in the truest sense of the word. They are largely older adults at the time, with bags under their eyes and around their waists; some of the women performers appear to be wearing $10 wigs, and some could use them; everybody smokes - and there's Schlitz beer everywhere. And the performers just stood and made the best music they knew how, with, apparently, little attention paid to outer appearances, polish, or presentation; there's not a writhing dancer to be seen. However, in her show-stopping, show-closing appearance, the late gospel star Jackson, who would herself pass fairly shortly, on January 27, 1972, does get carried away by "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and breaks her vocal to dance a few steps. The crowd stood and roared. Armstrong found himself coming out on stage, and joining Jackson in the gospel standard, which he'd never professionally sung before. Producer/impresario Wein calls the evening's stars out, and we see them in a final unrehearsed jam of "When the Saints Go Marching In," sung, once again, by Jackson and Armstrong. Armstrong hadn't released that tune since 1938; Jackson had never professionally sung it before.
In his remarks, Armstrong says that "there ain't but two kinds of music, good and bad, and if it's got a beat, it's good." He has, he adds, just bought the Beatles' "Let It Be;" and he gives us a few bars of it. Gospel star Jackson will say that everyone loves Armstrong, who's from her home town, and "if you don't, you don't know how to love." If you love good music with a beat, you will love this DVD, as I do.
Fans of New Orleans jazz should be aware of the parade of legends in this film: Percy Humphrey, Willie Humphrey, Billie and DeDe Pierce, Cie Frazier, Captain John Handy, Big Jim Robinson and others. It's a rare treat to see these great neglected musicians get their due.
Don't miss out on this film. It's not some hodgepodge of musical bits thrown together but rather a brilliant and complete portrait of a remarkable event.
Tunes like "Bluebery Hill" and "When the Saints go Marchin in" definitively have cross-over appeal and,
let's not forget the magnificent MAHALIA JACKSON in one of her wilder appearances anyone has ever seen (IMHO)...
Jazz is, however, the main attraction here, with Satchmo singing (no, he wasn't able to play his trampet in 1970) and the beatiful playing (and occasional singing) of Ray Nance, Wild Bill Davison, Dizzy Ellington, Bobby Hackett and other beatiful jazz giants PLUS some authentic New Orleans jazz masters (Preservation Hall Orchestra)...
LOT of feel good moments here, jazz, pop and gospel;
LOT of good spirits (Dizzy Gillespie kissing Joe Newman in the cheak after his solo), Bobby Hackett and Satchmo exchanging true friendship and musical understanding...
Also, I've seen a fairly miserable clip from this on youtube - forget about that¨!
THIS IS MAGNIFICENTLY RESTORED 16 mm material.
Too soon after this one, Satchmo was gone, Mahalia was gone... Folks, this is musical history.
Coming on after a heartfelt and hot series of tributes from top trumpeters, Louis takes centre stage and his radiant smile lights up the whole screen as he sings some of his biggest hits. Sadly no trumpet as he was recovering from serious illness (although he had recovered sufficiently to play some beautiful horn on the Johnny Cash show 3 months later) but his singing is so soulful, so moving that I'm not ashamed to say I had seriously damp eyes by the end of the film.
This film is of interest not just to existing fans of Louis, but to anyone who like's superbly made concert films.
Alongside "Jazz on a Summers Day" and "Jammin the Blues" this is the best jazz performance film ever made.