Sax player Gilbert reviews 95-year career

STUDIO CITY, Calif., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. saxophonist Peggy Gilbert, at 101, has had a long and animated career as a jazz musician, including being an "all girl" band leader of the 1920s.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2006 with 149 to follow.
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Music mogul Irving Green dead at 90

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., July 4 (UPI) -- The co-founder of Mercury Records, Irving Green, has passed away of natural causes at 90.

Wedding soundtrack to be broadcast

LA CROSSE, Wis., June 16 (UPI) -- A La Crosse, Wis., couple planned to have their wedding reception overseen by a very unusual disc jockey -- the Sirius Satellite Radio company.

Smokey Robinson sings pop standards

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (UPI) -- Motown legend Smokey Robinson takes his own trip through the Great American Songbook on his new album, "Timeless Love."

New Orleans P.O. lifts magazine ban

NEW ORLEANS, April 29 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Post Office begins handling magazines and newspapers again Monday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

Variety names Beatles century's icons

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Readers of Variety have named the Beatles as icons of the century.

New Orleans airport reopens after 16 days

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Two flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Memphis, were scheduled Tuesday, the first since Hurricane Katrina struck.

Floods ravage priceless photos

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Thousands of negatives shot by photographer Herman Leonard survived the New Orleans floods, but thousands of valuable prints were lost in his home.

Progress made in New Orleans evacuation

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The evacuation of the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center has been completed, with 42,000 people moved in one day.

Two major fires break out in New Orleans

NEW OFRLEANS, La., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Two major fires broke out along the New Orleans waterfront Saturday as efforts were being stepped up to rescue and evacuate storm victims.

Massive airlift from New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Hundreds of homeless hurricane survivors were airlifted out of New Orleans Friday as military officials announced plans to evacuate more than 25,000 more.

Palmer House Hilton sold for $230M

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Chicago's legendary Palmer House Hilton, chosen by presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Bill Clinton, is changing hands for $230 million.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2005 with 149 to follow.
By United Press International

Grammys honor 20 artists, tunes

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Twenty songs ranging from Ray Charles' "America the Beautiful" to the Rolling Stones' "Let it Bleed" are being added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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Louis Armstrong
Musician Lionel Hampton kisses Mrs. Lucille Armstrong, widow of Louis Armstrong, on the cheek during the unveiling of a 12-foot statue of her husband at ceremonies in Armstrong Park in New Orleans on April 15, 1980. The park dedicated to the city’s most famous jazz musician is located next to the French Quarter. (UPI Photo/Pat Benic/Files)

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performance.

With his instantly recognizable deep and distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing, vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics.

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