New Jazz Archive Features Rare Audio of Louis Armstrong & Other Legends Playing in San Francisco

Louis Armstrong tocando junto a las Pirámides y la Gran Esfinge (Giza, 1961)Using tapes preserved by radio station KCBS, jazz broadcaster Dave Radlauer has archived KCBS broadcasts of Hangover sessions from 1954-58. On-air host Bob Goerner interviewed musicians from the KCBS station using a dedicated phone line that delivered a signal from the club on Nob Hill. Goerner preserved the show tapes, which are now housed in the Stanford University Braun Music archive.

Radlauer makes the archive available as .mp3 files, including one particularly historic jam session starring Louis Armstrong. The story goes that in January, 1951 Armstrong was in San Francisco to visit his friend clarinetist Pee Wee Russell in the hospital and decided to throw Russell a fundraiser. He brought together a masterful group including pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines, credited with helping transition jazz piano from stride to swing. The place was packed and $1,500 went into the kitty for Russell’s medical bills. You can listen to Armstrong’s rehearsal and performance below.

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