Sunday Morning Music: Dr. John Takes on Louis Armstrong
by Cat Johnson
When it comes to New Orleans music, Louis Armstrong is one of the first names that pops up. Satch as he was well known, played an essential role in bringing jazz as we know it into the world—and he did so from his hometown of New Orleans.
In recent times, Dr. John is one of the top-of-mind artists in New Orleans. A charismatic, Crescent City-born multi-instrumentalist and singer, Dr. John is known around the world as an ambassador for New Orleans music.
It comes as no surprise, then, that Dr. John has released, Ske-Day-De-Dat: the Spirit of Satch, to honor the legendary Armstrong; and he’s done so in fine style. Gathering up some heavyweight artists including Bonnie Raitt, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anthony Hamilton and more, Dr. John pays tribute to Armstrong’s music and legacy.
Kicking things off with Armstrong’s most well-known tune “What a Wonderful World,” the album is packed with standards including “Mack the Knife,” “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” “When You’re Smiling,” “I’ve Got the World On a String,” and the blues favorite, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.”