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Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev'rybody (2008)

Louis Armstrong  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louis Armstrong
  • Producers: Ernie Fritz, Albert Spevak, George Wein, Greg Lewerke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U6DVNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A musical celebration you'll never forget, "Good Evening Ev'rybody" brings together Louis Armstrong and musical guests for a never-before-released concert performance in honor of Armstrong's 70th birthday at the Newport Jazz Festival. Enjoy many of his greatest hits from rehearsal to concert, with an array of guests including Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Hackett, Wild Bill Davison, and Ray Nance, along with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Eureka Brass Band. A high-definition digital restoration of the original unreleased film elements, this music treasure will have you on your feet all the way to its rousing and moving gospel-inspired finale!

SONGS: Hello Dolly, I Want a Little Girl, Thanks a Million, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, I'm Confessin', Them There Eyes, Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, I'm in the Market for You, Ain't Misbehavin', When It's Sleepy Time Down South, Pennies from Heaven, Blueberry Hill, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Come On Children Let's Sing, Elijah Rock, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, When the Saints Go Marching In, Mack the Knife, What a Wonderful World.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Good Music -- With a Beat January 3, 2010
"Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev'rybody," an invaluable live concert recording, is based on never before publicly seen footage of the entertainer's 70th birthday party at the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival. The feature-length high-definition production has recently aired, in a shorter version, on public broadcasting channels (PBS) in the United States, and on several international broadcasters, including BBC4 in the United Kingdom.

Famed jazz producer George Wein, who created the Newport Jazz Festival and has produced it for many years, threw Armstrong's all-star party, featuring Mahalia Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie as well as many other jazz greats; he also had the foresight to get it professionally filmed, though the film was never released. He even went to Armstrong's house, in Queens, New York, and, by asking the musician a series of artfully-framed questions, got what is, in effect, a narration from the master. Mind you, Armstrong was not well at the time; he passed on July 6, 1971, and this is believed to be his last filmed concert performance. The original, first generation 16 mm. film of the 1970 concert was produced and directed by Wein, filmmaker Sidney J. Stiber, and executive produced by Jack Lewerke. Producer Albert Spevak created new hi def masters from the original, and digitally restored the audio from the original concert masters.

On the DVD, we see Armstrong rehearsing and performing many of his greatest hits. He is joined by performers such as Jimmy Owens, Bobby Hackett, Wild Bill Davison, and Ray Nance, who perform some too. I believe I counted 24 songs in all. Gillespie does "I'm Confessing," and "Ain't Misbehavin'." Davison does "Them There Eyes." Owens does "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning February 4, 2010
This incredible document of the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival is a must own. Filled with music and warmth, this wonderful film shows Louis in one of his last major appearances. It features Louis in a casual rehearsal session before the Newport concert, in full force in front of the crowd singing the songs he helped make famous and a short while later commenting on the event. It's priceless.

Fans of New Orleans jazz should be aware of the parade of legends in this film: Percy Humphrey, Willie Humphrey, Billie and DeDe Pierce, Cie Frazier, Captain John Handy, Big Jim Robinson and others. It's a rare treat to see these great neglected musicians get their due.

Don't miss out on this film. It's not some hodgepodge of musical bits thrown together but rather a brilliant and complete portrait of a remarkable event.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for Louis Armstrong fans... June 28, 2010
...although they (i.e. we) ARE the target audience for this magnificent concert documentary, other music fans should pay attention too...
Tunes like "Bluebery Hill" and "When the Saints go Marchin in" definitively have cross-over appeal and,
let's not forget the magnificent MAHALIA JACKSON in one of her wilder appearances anyone has ever seen (IMHO)...
Jazz is, however, the main attraction here, with Satchmo singing (no, he wasn't able to play his trampet in 1970) and the beatiful playing (and occasional singing) of Ray Nance, Wild Bill Davison, Dizzy Ellington, Bobby Hackett and other beatiful jazz giants PLUS some authentic New Orleans jazz masters (Preservation Hall Orchestra)...

LOT of feel good moments here, jazz, pop and gospel;
LOT of good spirits (Dizzy Gillespie kissing Joe Newman in the cheak after his solo), Bobby Hackett and Satchmo exchanging true friendship and musical understanding...
Also, I've seen a fairly miserable clip from this on youtube - forget about that¨!


Too soon after this one, Satchmo was gone, Mahalia was gone... Folks, this is musical history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The content of this has been well summed up in some of the other reviews. But what I would add, is that this is a beautifully filmed and lovingly edited concert film of one of Pop's last major public performances.

Coming on after a heartfelt and hot series of tributes from top trumpeters, Louis takes centre stage and his radiant smile lights up the whole screen as he sings some of his biggest hits. Sadly no trumpet as he was recovering from serious illness (although he had recovered sufficiently to play some beautiful horn on the Johnny Cash show 3 months later) but his singing is so soulful, so moving that I'm not ashamed to say I had seriously damp eyes by the end of the film.

This film is of interest not just to existing fans of Louis, but to anyone who like's superbly made concert films.

Alongside "Jazz on a Summers Day" and "Jammin the Blues" this is the best jazz performance film ever made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Louis On Film: another betrayal July 12, 2011
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The idea for this film, a documentary that includes rehearsals and performances for the 1970 birthday tribute to Louis at the Newport Jazz Festival, is a far, far, better thing than the realization. For both the good and the bad, we have respectively to thank and condemn producer, George Wein. It is wonderful to see and hear Louis rehearsing, teaching the routines that he wants to the members of the band. Louis is relaxed and largely jovial, but the music is something he takes very seriously. Clearly, though, there had to be much more footage of same than was shown, and excising any of it, given the opportunity to show it and especially given the poor quality of some of what IS shown later on, is a little like ripping pages out of Beethoven's sketch books. The splicing in of Louis's narration, actually an interview as Wein explains in one of the bonus features, is awkwardly managed (cutting off rehearsals, informal moments, and performances) and redundant for anyone who would invest in buying the DVD. At the same time, any spoken words by Louis, especially about his trumpet-playing colleagues, are worth hearing for their own sake. A lot of the music is well worth having: Bobby Hackett throughout; Dizzy Gillespie's incorrigibly charming send-up, "I'm Confessin'"; Dizzy's amazing extrapolations on "Ain't Misbehavin'" Jimmy Owens, on flugelhorn, performing straight melody on "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"--a huge highlight; and, of course, Louis's rising to the occasion in his singing of old standbys like "Blueberry Hill" and "Sleepytime Down South". As most people know, he had been sick and mostly inactive for two years prior to this occasion, and his doctors had forbidden him to play the trumpet. Read more ›
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