Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: March 22, 2010

WOSU is proud to present the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) and the music of Louis Armstrong’s famous Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings broadcast this week  — Wednesday, March 24th at 9 pm — on WOSU TV in high definition.  This was a concert taped last month at the newly renovated Lincoln Theatre in Columbus.

The music of the Hot Five and the Hot Seven is considered by most critics to be among the finest recordings in jazz history.  The Hot Fives began in 1925 and the instrumentation included trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano and guitar/banjo with the addition of drums and tuba in 1927 to make the Hot Sevens.  “With each single that Armstrong released during this era, musicians would wait with baited breath to hear what he was going to do, and then they’d try to emulate the style,” describes Byron Stripling, Artistic Director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. “He forever altered American music in three ways – rhythmically, melodically, and harmonically… and Armstrong was the first great soloist, with the trumpet being the lead voice in an ensemble… This era was truly Armstrong’s most creative.”

Byron talks more about the influence of Louis Armstrong on his career as part of the program, which is produced by Cindy Gaillard.  WOSU produced the program without any external funding to expose the community to more of our fine Jazz Orchestra and to experiment with using multiple robotic cameras at the Lincoln Theatre.  In this case, seven robotic cameras were used with an operatorsof the robotics and a director calling the camera shots in the basement production room at the Lincoln.  It was primarily a 2-3 person remote HD production, without the major costs that usually come with such a project.  Our overarching goal is drive down the cost of producing concerts like this one to allow WOSU to produce more local programming efficiently. More to come!