One of Louis Armstrong’s final performances (and favorite recipes) to be released this month

Rarely-Heard Recording Includes Original Cookbook of Louis’ Most-Loved Recipes

This release comes from Smithsonian Folkway Recordings.

Jazz icon Louis Armstrong, always the consummate entertainer, turned a 1971 award ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington DC into an impromptu performance ­despite recent poor health. It was one of his last concerts before he passed away 5 months later.

Joined by longtime band-mates Tyree Glenn and Tommy Gwaltney, Armstrong shows no signs of frailty while singing, and to everyone’s surprise, playing trumpet on classics including “Mack the Knife” and “Rocking Chair.” The recording, originally a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club in 1972, will be available widely for the first time via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on April 24th as part of the Smithsonian’s celebration of the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.

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