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Louis Armstrong Legacy Series

Discover never before heard recordings from Louis Armstrong's personal collection

The Louis Armstrong Legacy Series:

Recently Dot Time Records reached an agreement with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation to release four albums of previously unreleased music from the Louis Armstrong Archive. During the next two years these albums will be released on CD, Vinyl and Digital platforms.

The Collector's Edition

In addition to the regular releases, available in stores, we are also offering a Limited Collector's Edition featuring, exclusive packaging and a 20-page booklet written by Ricky Riccardi - Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of best selling book “What A Wonderful World.” This booklet also contains rare photo material held in the Louis Armstrong Archive.

Vol 1 "The Standard Oil Sessions" is now on sale for the special price of $25 and will ship 1 May 2017

About the origin of the recordings

During his lifetime Louis Armstrong amassed a huge collection of recordings. From live concerts to studio and broadcast recordings, the range is extensive. The majority of these recordings along with other Armstrong Artifacts are held in the Louis Armstrong Archive at Queens College in New York. The Louis Armstrong Legacy Series will bring a selection of these recordings from Louis's personal collection to the public for the first time ever.

Series producer, Jerry Roche said “Producing this music will mean people can connect again with the greatness of Louis Armstrong.”

Courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum

The Standard Oil Sessions

The first release in the series is titled “The Standard Oil Sessions”. This 50+ minute recording was recorded in San Francisco, California on January 20, 1950 by the Standard Oil Company for their radio show, “Musical Map of America.” The recording was episode 19, “Musical Story of New Orleans,” and featured Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines. For reasons not known, the broadcast was never made and Louis was personally given the acetate discs of the sessions.

Future releases will feature selections of recordings of concerts that date back to the 1950’s and 60’s, including the 1957 South American Tour, which will be a double CD release. Some of the musicians that performed with Louis on these concerts were Jack Teagarden, Earl Hines, Cozy Cole, Edmond Hall and Trummy Young just to name a few.

About The Collector's Edition.

Each of the four releases in the "Legacy Series' will also be available in a limited edition collector's version. featuring, exclusive packaging and a 20-page booklet written by Ricky Riccardi - Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of best selling book “What A Wonderful World.” This booklet also contains rare photo material held in the Louis Armstrong Archive.

Known as the “21st century’s foremost expert on Louis Armstrong”, Riccardi is immersed in all things Armstrong. He runs the website, “The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong,” at and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world. With a Master’s degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University, he has taught a “Music of Louis Armstrong” graduate course at Queens College and a six-week “Swing University” course on Louis Armstrong at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Order Now and receive free shipping

Order Volume 1 “The Standard Oils Sessions” now for the special price of $25 and receive free shipping. In addition, Volume 1 will ship on the 1st of May 2017,  you will receive your copy prior to the official release date of the regular release available in stores.

Order all four releases in advance and save.

If you wish to order all four releases in advance (total retail value of $115) you pay just $99,99.

This includes FREE shipping and a copy (of your choice) of one of our other “Legends” releases.