‘Hello Dolly’ took Satchmo by surprise

— The “Dolly” session featured the All-Stars with a light background of strings added. To pep up the record, a banjo intro was dubbed onto the track, and it added just the right touch. After he sang the first chorus, Louis played the next 16 bars in straightforward fashion. “Then, as Emeril Lagasse might say, he kicked it up a notch,” Carroll said. “He reshaped the second part of the tune to his own liking and produced a gem of an improvised passage.”

The success of “Hello Dolly” brought Louis a new round of radio, TV and movie celebrity. For a while he was everywhere, even singing the tune to Barbra Streisand in the 1969 movie version. “At age 63, Louis enjoyed a very unexpected personal triumph,” Carroll said.

“With ‘Hello Dolly,” wrote jazz critic Gary Giddins in his “Satchmo” biography, “Armstrong had transformed dross into gold once again, and even got to play a full chorus of trumpet…The whole performance was casually flawless.”

“Hello, Dolly!” went on win a Grammy Award for 1965 Song of the Year, and Armstrong received a Grammy for Best Male Vocal Performance.

Holiday jam session

Maybe they’ll sing “Dolly” to mark its golden anniversary when the Jazz Appreciation Society stages its holiday jam session from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Syracuse Suds Factory, 320 S. Clinton St., down city

“We’re very pleased that the Suds Factory has added JASS to its regular lineup of jazz and R&B performances staged at the popular downtown venue,” said Bobby Morris, a trombone player who lives in Liverpool. Bobby’s the longtime president of JASS.

Admission is free at the annual holiday jam session, the public is welcome, and all musicians and vocalists are invited to sit in; 652-0547.

Clement as Mrs. Hollywell

Liverpool native Erika Clement, a talented chanteuse and actress, is playing the role of Mrs. Hollywell at the 20th annual Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. In Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol,” Mrs. Honeywell is the wife of Ebenezer Scrooge’s good-hearted nephew, Fred.

Skaneateles’ Dickens’ Christmas runs from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22 in the village’s business district. Clement and her four dozen fellow performers finish up from noon to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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