Weegee Wednesdays: Weegee and Louis

Weegee (1899-1968), [Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars: Billy Kyle, Trummy Young, Louis Armstrong, Barrett Deems, Barney Bigard], ca. 1953-1955 (9440.1993)

Weegee, [Trummy Young and Louis Armstrong], ca. 1953-1955

Weegee, [Louis Armstrong and Arvell Shaw], ca. 1953-1955

Weegee, [Trummy Young, Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton], ca. 1953-1955

To commemorate Louis Armstrong’s 114th birthday anniversary, the above are four uncommon, unsurpassed and un-cropped photos of Louis Armstrong performing, presumably at the Basin Street jazz club in the middle of the 1950s. (Perhaps these great artists, Weegee and Louis Armstrong, have a few things in common.) Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 1, 1901, two years after Weegee, and both grew up very poor and worked a variety of jobs to help support their families. Armstrong and his wife Lucille lived in Corona, Queens, New York from 1943 onward, while Weegee lived in Manhattan for most of his life. Armstrong died on July 6, 1971, two and a half years after Weegee, who died December 27, 1968.

Weegee, With “Satchmo,” Louis Armstrong, ca. 1953-1955 [20627.1993]

Weegee Wednesdays is an occasional series exploring, or just enjoying, the life and work of Weegee.

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