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Oh, what a wonderful world …

March 26, 2013

Last weekend, I went to the new Stanford Bing Theatre to see Louis Armstrong: Jazz Ambassador written by Myla Churchill and performed by the Making Books Sing musical theatre company.

Making Books Sing musical theater company returns with their new work celebrating the life and music of Louis Armstrong. Back in the fifties, when the United States had a diplomatic mission of utmost importance, it deployed its supersonic weapon, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Known worldwide for his toothy grin, fun-loving personality and the brass brilliance of his jazz cornet, nobody spread the gospel of goodwill across the globe quite like Ambassador Satch. But when nine children from Little Rock, Arkansas are denied admission to school, Louis is forced to ask: is American equality really for all?

The man himself was brilliantly acted by Jeremy Giraud Abram who brought this musician’s character alive.  With original photos and footage from Mr Armstrong’s childhood, shown on screens overhead, we were able to catch a glimpse of the hardships Mr Armstrong endured during the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s where US black and white citizens were still segregated.

This was a family-friendly performance and so we took our children who got a little restless half way through the performance, however, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend this show to anyone regardless if your a jazz lover or not.  I came away from this performance wanting to hear more of Mr Armstrong’s fun upbeat music and dance “monkey-butt” style 🙂

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Mr. Jeremy Giraud Abram with Amelia and I

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