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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