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time: “Al­though his mu­sic and show­man­ship elec­tri­fied au­di­ences, jazz was some­thing new and it didn’t please ev­ery­one. Some au­di­ences threw pen­nies on the stage.” By 1956, how­ever, Arm­strong was huge and when he played on a raised, re­volv­ing stage in the mid­dle of the hall’s cir­cus ring, the crowd (ad­mit­tedly, half-full) ap­pre­ci­ated ev­ery sec­ond.

The Her­ald re­ported their per­for­mance was “was seemly and es­o­teric. It was noisy but there was no hys­te­ria, and we saw no hep-cats and only one Teddy boy.”

Louis Arm­strong at the Kelvin Hall in 1956, main pic­ture

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