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Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues

  •   Sacha Jenkins
  •   United States

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues paints an insightful and engaging portrait of the master musician, known as the founding father of jazz. Covering Armstrong’s expansive career — from his roots in New Orleans to his breakthrough in Chicago to his growing fame in New York and around the world—the film skillfully interweaves a trove of archival footage with candid audio diaries and private correspondences. The result is both a musical gem and a highly revealing look at a man, far more complex than his wide-smiling and big-cheeked public personae, who speaks in brashly frank terms about race and racism in America. Filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (who has previously profiled Rick James, the Wu-Tang Clan, and 50 Cent) has created a remarkably contemporary account of the famed vocalist and trumpeter, whose contributions to the fabric of American music and culture remain relevant to this day.

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Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

Event Information

Saturday, October 15, 2022

  •   104 minutes
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State St
Chicago, IL 60601



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