Dot Time Records is proud to announce its partnership with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. This newly established agreement will include four previously unreleased productions from the archives of Queen’s College, which houses the Louis Armstrong collection. The releases will be part of the Dot Time Records ‘Legends’ series.
Jerry Roche, who heads the Legends Series for Dot Time Records, was in search of undiscovered gems by Armstrong and was stunned by what he found when researching the archives. “When I heard this music by Louis Armstrong”, said Roche, “I was totally overwhelmed. Producing this music would mean people could connect again with the greatness of Louis Armstrong.” Roche who will be producing this series of never before commercially released music said, “I made it my mission to make the music available.”
The productions will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats. In addition a special collector’s edition will also be available. More information on the collector’s edition will be published next month.
The first release in the series, which will be released mid May and will feature a 1950 studio recording. This 55 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 Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines. For reasons not known, the broadcast was never made and Armstrong was 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.
Oscar Cohen, who was Louis Armstrong’s manager and is the sole and exclusive agent for the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. and the estate of Louis Armstrong said, “Louis Armstrong is the most beloved and iconic artist of our time. His sound, his voice, his love – he forever touches the hearts of people everywhere.”
Lisa Cohen, Vice President of Associated Booking Corp. and on the board of directors of Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. said, “We are so happy to be working with Dot Time Legends to bring more of Louis Armstrong’s beautiful recordings to the world, to hear the music and feel the love”.
Dot Time Records believes that these recordings form an important part of the history of jazz and it is our goal to make these recordings available to jazz lovers around the globe. All recordings are painstakingly restored and newly re-mastered with the goal of presenting these recordings in a modern format while striving to keep the original atmosphere of the recordings intact.
It is with gratitude to the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation that Dot Time Records is able to release these works.
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