Decades in the grave, Louis Armstrong tells Dr John: 'play my music'

WASHINGTON – You can’t get much more New Orleans than Dr John and Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong — so when the former plays the latter, it’s enough to get Big Easy fans sitting up.

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Especially if, as voodoo jazz and blues king Dr John says, it was all Armstrong’s idea, more than 40 years after he died.

“He came to me in a dream. He said do my music, but do it your way,” Dr John, a.k.a. Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack or “The Nite Tripper”, told Reuters in an interview at the weekend.

The musician was in London for a concert of Armstrong music at the Barbican Center, part of the EFG London Jazz Festival that runs until next Sunday.

It was a funky affair, earning a standing ovation from the audience, with Dr John’s trademark honky tonk piano and grizzled vocals chaperoned by a thumping brass section led by music director and trombonist Sarah Morrow.


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