Louis Armstrong Expert Ricky Riccardi to Write Liner Notes on Upcoming Productions
Dot Time Records is pleased to announce that Ricky Riccardi, the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum has been commissioned to write the liner notes for the four upcoming productions of never previously release material from the Louis Armstrong Archives on its Legends series. These productions were licensed from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Riccardi is the author of the critically acclaimed What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years. He is thrilled that Dot Time Records, Legends Series will be releasing rarely heard music by Armstrong. Riccardi said, "The fact that this material will finally be made available to the public through Dot Time Legends is cause for celebration."
Known as the "21st century's foremost expert on Louis Armstrong", according to Thomas Cunniffe of Jazz History Online, Riccardi Is immersed in all things Armstrong. He runs the online blog, "The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong," at dippermouth.blogspot.com and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world, including the Institute of Jazz Studies, the Satmcho Summerfest, the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. With a Master's degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University, he has taught a "Music of Louis Armstrong" graduate course at Queens College and a six-week "Swing University" course on Louis Armstrong at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Jerry Roche, the head of Dot Time's Legends Series, was in search of undiscovered gems by Armstrong and was stunned by what he found when researching the archives at Queens College. "When I heard this music by Louis Armstrong", said Roche, "I was totally overwhelmed. Producing this music would mean people could connect again with the greatness of Louis Armstrong."
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