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"Live in Copenhagen, 1933"


Filmed at a live concert held in Copenhagen, Demark on October 21st 1933 Louis Armstrong brings down the house with his European touring band's performance of a jazz classic.

In historic concert footage captured during his 1933-34 tour of Europe, Louis Armstrong performs a popular early jazz staple, turned standard composed by Nick LaRocca and first introduced by the "Original Dixieland Jass Band".

Titled the "Tiger Rag" this tune reaches dramatic new heights thanks to the highly competent horn work of the great Satchmo himself. To introduce the song to his audience Louis simply says: "Here's a number that all of the musicians in the world ought to play... One of the good-old swing numbers, the Tiger Rag".

After allowing his band to play without him for the first forty-five minuets or so Louis invites concert goers to travel with him for "a little trip into the jungle" where "the tiger's runnin' so fast it's going to take a few choruses to catch him". With that the legendary trumpeter finally joins in and the real fun begins.

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