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07 Jun 2019

BY CHRIS JOHNSON  

Hands up who went to National Conference. Keep them up if you went to the Saturday night Gala Dinner at the Brisbane Town Hall. Hold them up high if you realised that the musical entertainment for the night was the grandson of the late great, one and only, jazz royalty Louis Armstrong.

That’s right Satchmo’s grandson is Herb Armstrong and young Herb now calls Australia home – Brisbane in fact.

Herb shared with everyone at the dinner his flamboyant, larger than life style. He was in fine voice as he belted out a string of jazz, soul, funk and rock classics.

It was all great fun, but did I mention he is Louis Armstrong’s grandson?

Louis Armstrong (nicknamed Satchmo) was one of the most influential figures in American music and, for that matter, pop culture. Which means he had an enormous impact on the rest of the world.

He changed the direction of music and movies and he helped shaped jazz into what we know today.

A master trumpeter with a beautiful gravelly singing voice, Satchmo indeed was and is a true legend.

Born and raised in New Orleans, the great jazzman died in 1971.

Grandson Herb is also from New Orleans and he has some mighty big shoes to fill.

But hello Dolly, what a wonderful world.

 


Published: 07 Jun 2019