National Press Club

Save the Date: Hear Louis Armstrong’s Final Recorded Trumpet Performance, April 27

March 29, 2012 | By Havilah Ross |

What if your favorite musician could return from the great beyond and play one last set that would, for a moment, make his music live again? And what if the music were new – something you have never heard before? It would be a moment to savor.

If that musician is Louis Armstrong, the greatest trumpeter of all time, your dreams are about to come true. On Friday, April 27th officials from the National Press Club, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Louis Armstrong Foundation will announce their agreement to release a recording made on January 29, 1971 in the Ballroom of the National Press Club.

The April 27 event will be held at the Press Club in the afternoon and will consist of a news conference featuring officials of the three organizations and possibly some special guests, followed by a briefing where excerpts of the music will be played and musical experts will discuss what it means and take questions from the press.

The live recording is one of the last times Armstrong played his trumpet in public and is believed to be his last recorded trumpet performance.

An announcement for reservations and more details about the event are forthcoming.

Read coverage of this event in The New York Times.

And read more in The Washington Post.