Tribute to Louis Armstrong: James Suggs and Friends
Friday, Apr. 1, 8pm
Trumpeter James Suggs returns to the Palladium where last fall, he presented his sold-out tribute show to Miles Davis. For this performance Suggs plays tribute to another of his major influences, the incomparable Louis Armstrong. The performance will feature Armstrong classics including A Kiss to Build a Dream On, What a Wonderful World, Mack the Knife, and many, many more.
Suggs spent eight years in Buenos Aires. There he toured and played with employing his ample talent with everything from small jazz combos to popular rock bands. Here in the U.S., he has toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and more. As an Armstrong devotee, Suggs has been paying homage to the legendary trumpeter along with other New Orleans jazz icons. Joining Suggs is Nate Najar (guitar), John Lamb (bass), Marius Dicpectris (trombone/vocals), Bryan Hughes (vocals/clarinet/drums), Mark Feinman (drums) and Allan Vache (clarinet).
Suggs and his band performed the Louis Armstrong Tribute show to a Standing Room Only audience recently, in Venice. Read the article about this show in Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes. He performed with his quintet featuring Dave Stryker at The 2015 Clearwater Jazz Holiday, and Won the 2015 Best of the Bay critics award for “Best Jazz Transplant.”
Special Guest: Pre-show and Intermission Meet & Greet, and Book Signing with Sharon Preston-Folta
Meet Louis Armstrong’s daughter, special guest Sharon Preston-Folta, who will be available for a 7p-7:45 pre-show meet and signing of her book Little Satchmo: Living in the Shadow of My Father Louis Daniel Armstrong.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $20 advance, $25 day of show. RESERVED: $40
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