U.S. Ambassador of Good Will
International Musician, January, 1962:
"Meeting Kings and Presidents, and all these things in Africa,
I admit I get a thrill out of it, because naturally I never expected
all of that; but I didn't learn trumpet for all that either.
I just want to blow the horn and please the people and come on home
to my wife. Anything else that comes along, well, I can cope with it."
Ralph J. Gleason, The San Francisco Chronicle 1/23/62:
"Louis is real and he is America and to a great part of the
world he represents the best of America. To the extent that we deny him
that acceptance here, we do ourselves, more than him, an injustice....
Wrapped up in his music and in his sandpaper voice, is a way of life, a point of view
and an attitude that this world will be much the poorer without."
During the next several months we will be posting information on The Ambassador's
overseas tours. Satchmo is ready for take-off, so let's start with Ghana.
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