After many years of being kept away in a storage facility the only video of jazz icon Louis Armstrong in a recording studio has been released.
The executive director of the New York City museum Michael Cogswell named it “a groundbreaking discovery”. The film which lasts 33 minutes has been obtained by the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens.
The video was shot by 16mm in Los Angeles studio and it reveals Armstrong while recording his album Satchmo Plays King Oliverin 1959.It was recorded by Audio Infinity founder Syd Frey who eventually locked it away.
“The film has spent the past six decades in private hands or in a storage locker. Not even the most diligent Armstrong researchers knew it existed,” Cogswell said.
Frey died in 1968 and after the death of his widow in 2005, all the Audio Fidelity’s films and tapes were put in a storage facility.
“People were always asking me where the masters were,” said Bass' daughter, Andrea.
“I went on one of these message boards about Audio Fidelity and someone said: ‘I have the masters.’ It turned out to be a person who buys the contents of abandoned storage facilities."
At first, the unknown man was unable to make a deal. It was not until six month ago that he could finally succeedin purchasingthe desired material.
The film contains footage of Armstrong playing his legendary trumpet and hanging out with his bandmates the All Stars, as well as two tracks; “I Ain’t Got Nobody” and “I Ain’tGonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll”.
Looking at his lifetime, the recording session was filmed several months after he suffered a heart attack.
Currently there are no known plans to showthe entire film.