Past Event

Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism: with author Thomas Brothers

Borrowing its title from a slogan used to publicize Armstrong’s live performances in the early 1930s, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism tells the story of how a dark-skinned black man without a formal education became one of the most influential artists of our time. Brothers’s colorful prose and keen eye for detail take readers on an intimate journey through Armstrong’s musical transformation. Mixing personal accounts written by Armstrong’s contemporaries with newly digitized historical documents and Armstrong’s own words, Brothers re-creates the racially charged landscape of early-twentieth-century America, placing each of his musical achievements firmly in their historical and personal context. Join us as NJMH Artistic Director Loren Schoenberg and the author Thomas Brothers discuss the definitive account of a man whose musical legacy remains uncontested today.