The Louis Armstrong Story

Ft. Lillian Boutté, Clarke Peters, Evan Christopher, Don Vappie and Big Band

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and gravelly voice as much as his trumpet playing, few people have influenced the evolution of popular music more than Louis Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong played Colston Hall over 50 years ago, and in 2015 his music will make a long-awaited return to the venue. For this unmissable show, The Louis Armstrong Museum has given us exclusive access to some of Satchmo’s original big band compositions which haven’t been played since 1947.

Featuring a 17-piece band comprised of Bristol’s finest musicians with guest vocalists and soloists from New Orleans, and famed actor Clarke Peters reading from Armstrong’s personal letters and autobiography, it serves as the perfect reminder of why the great Satchmo is still seen as the single most important influence in jazz history.

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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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