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Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues

  Sacha Jenkins

  United States     104 minutes


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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Film Credits

  •   Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Sacha Jenkins, Julie Anderson
  •   Jason Pollard, Alma Herrera-Pazmiño
  •   Ed Lachman
  •   Terence Blanchard
  •   Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michele Anthony, David Blackman
  •   Imagine Documentaries, Polygram Entertainment


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Logo: WTTW (2019)

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Cynthia Stone Raskin