Lot 7180: Louis Armstrong Handwritten Letter and Signed Photograph

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2015-07-07 11:07:21

Lot 7180: ALS signed "Satch, Louis Armstrong," three pages on the reverse of flyers advertising 'Lose Weight the Satchmo Way!,' 8.5 x 11, June 16, 1970. Letter to musician Chris Clifton. In part: "The photo of you blowing with the Tuxedo Brass Band is very good of you. I see that you really enjoyed playing with them. That is the Brass Band that I was playing with [when] I left New Orleans in 1922 to join King Oliver in Chicago and met Lil. She was blowing (playing) with the King-Johnny-Baby Dodds Dutrey-and Bill Johnson. Man what a band. They'll live in my memories…I am glad to hear about you doing so well with your horn. That's right blow with everybody. And see for yourself you'll be glad you did. Nowadays you can't depend on one certain bunch of musicians to back you up. And good musicians will be very glad to blow behind a good trumpet man that plays like you. Because there aren't too many, if any at all playing the way that you play…Playing with Lil will do you some good. She's from the old school and can do wonders for you…I am looking forward to hearing you playing with your own band some day." Intersecting folds (a few small splits along folds; light toning along folds on the first page), and scattered creasing, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Armstrong's hand and incorporating "Satchmo" into the return address. Also includes a glossy 8 x 10 publicity photo of Armstrong, signed and inscribed in his typical, bold green fountain pen, "To Chris Clufetos [apparently Clifton's nickname] , Oh' those Duets on Tape were wonderful, Louis Armstrong, Satchmo." Clifton first met Armstrong in 1952, who soon introduced the young trumpet player to his wife, Lillian Hardin Armstrong, an accomplished jazz pianist and bandleader. When he was eighteen years old, Clifton joined Lil Armstrong's band and got his start in the jazz industry, cultivating longtime friendships with both Louis and Lil. An absolutely wonderful, warm letter from the jazz trumpet legend with excellent musical content. RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457 Thursday, 23rd July 2015 Estimate: $3000-4000
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