« Earl Coleman: Social Call | Main | Gabriel Espinosa: Yucatan to Rio »

July 16, 2009


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Stijn Houwer

Louis in quite a mellow mood -- no signs of reefer madness ;-))

Pompy Pompadopolous

Good photo!

My guess for the non-smile was lack of Swiss Kriss....but killer heat will do it, too.

"I take my Swiss Kriss, man, they keep you rollin'. Old Methuselah, he'd have been here with us if he had known about them." -- Louis Armstrong in [The Louis Armstrong Story] by Max Jones & John Chilton, p. 220.

Tyree Glenn: The Leader's eye fell on Glenn's ample figure. 'I've got him on Swiss Kriss', Louis said, 'and told him he'll soon be feelin' the benefit. If he doesn't lose 25 lbs. I'll kiss your ... and not notice it. Fact is Tyree's already benefitting. He told me, "Pops, the trouble is I hardly have time to take my jacket off." Louis slapped his thigh and roared with laughter at the picture. 'I said, "Never mind that; it ain't your jacket you got to worry about, daddy." --also p. 220.

Jazz Lunatique

I love this photo. It is one of the few that do not show Louis with his excellent, teeth gleaming smile. It is a whole other dimension to his image. There is another one like this - I think a Herman Leonard - maybe backstage in Paris, with Louis looking off to the right of the image with a pensive, almost worried look in his performance suit holding a hankerchief. It's another one where he doesn't look like the gleeful jazzman.

Armstrong was a man of great depth, the American Buddha.

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • Marc Myers writes on music and the arts for The Wall Street Journal. He is author of "Why Jazz Happened" (Univ. of Calif. Press). Founded in 2007, JazzWax was named the 2015 "Blog of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Marc Myers Mug (resized)

Contact me

Jazz Book!

  • Click cover to order

Subscribe Free

Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries

Search JazzWax

  • JazzWax

JazzWax Interviewed

WSJ Articles

JazzWax Interviews

Audio Note

  • Audio clips that appear below JazzWax posts support editorial content that links readers directly to Amazon and other third-party music retailers.

Marc Myers on Video

JATP Programs