Sunday, June 29, 2014
Presented by T.C.I. Productions
Legendary New Orleans jazz trumpeter and vocalist, Chris Clifton, performs his tribute to Louis Armstrong entitled, “Memories of a Friend” at the Lexington Village Theatre. A protégé of Louis “Satchmo Armstrong”, Chris Clifton blends his personal knowledge of Louis Armstrong, his background in Chicago jazz and “traditional” New Orleans jazz to bring a unique style of entertainment to his audiences. Joining Clifton on stage are special guests: Paul Keller on bass, Pete Siers on drums, Glenn Tucker on piano, Dave Bennett on clarinet, and Chris Smith on trombone. ”Memories of a Friend: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” is sure to be an event to remember.
Not just anybody gets called Louis Armstrong’s protege, but Chris Clifton has earned that title after nearly a half-century of superb trumpet playing. Clifton met the late, great jazz icon in the 1950s and became a lifelong friend of Armstrong, who helped to craft his personal style and respect for the art form. They continued communication throughout Armstrong’s life, writing letters to one another during various world tours and making sure to never lose the thread of their friendship. Over the past 60+ years, Clifton has not only risen to the talent level a young Armstrong saw in him many years prior, but he has carved out a small place in jazz history for himself.