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Interview with Lil Hardin Armstrong, 1969 January 19

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.4
Call Number: MSS 530.4.5
Title: Interview with Lil Hardin Armstrong, 1969 January 19
Creator: Hardin, Lillian, 1898-1971 (interviewee)
Date of Creation: 1969 January 19
Extent: 1 audio cassette (21 min.) : analog, on original sound tape 594A of 704
on sound tape reel 681-682 of 818 (21 min.)
on side 387A-387B of 493 audio cassette (21 min.)
on tape 300 of 396 digital audio tape (21 min.)
1 WAV file (21 min.) : digital
Object Name: sound recordings
oral histories (document genres)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: Lil Hardin (1898-1971) was a jazz musician and former wife of Louis Armstrong. She was among the most prominent women in early jazz, and played with Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven ensembles, as well as King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Freddie Keppard's Original Creole Orchestra, and others.
Scope and Content: This recording was created by Bill Russell on January 19, 1969, included are excerpts of a commercially produced interview with Lil Hardin Armstrong as well as an interview with Armstrong conducted by Bill Russell on the recording date. Lil Hardin Armstrong recalls meeting Jelly Roll Morton and hearing him play for the first time at a Chicago music store. She also recalls a subsequent meeting with Morton outside a New York theatre in the 1930's. Armstrong compares and contrasts the style and talent of Jelly Roll Morton and Tony Jackson. She also discusses recording the "Wild Man Blues".
Please see MSS 506, Folder 12-13 for files related to this interview.
Notes: Interview with Lil Hardin Armstrong, 1969 January 19, William Russell Oral History Collection Series, MSS530, William Russell Jazz Collection, The Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Restrictions: Open. Records are available for research.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number.
Collection Theme(s): Jazz
Subjects: Morton, Jelly Roll, 1890-1941 -- More information
Jackson, Tony, 1876-1921 -- More information
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971 -- More information
Hardin, Lillian, 1898-1971 -- More information
Chicago (Ill.)
New York (N.Y.)
Jazz musicians -- United States.
Accession Number: 92-48-L.291
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