- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 20, 2000
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Milan Records
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.I Surrender Dear
- 2.Blueberry Hill
- 3.Rockin' Chair
- 4.Stompin' At The Savoy
- 5.C'est Si Bon
- 6.La Vie En Rose
- 8.Big Mama's Back In Town
- 9.That's My Desire
- 10.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
- 11.When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.That's My Home
- 2.Struttin' With Some Barbecue
- 3.Jazz Me Blues
- 4.Basin Street Blues
- 6.Mack The Knife
- 7.After You've Gone
- 8.What A Wonderful World
- 9.My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
- 10.Tiger Rag
- 11.Now You Has Jazz
- 12.High Society Calypso
- 13.Ole Miss
- 15.St. Louis Blues
- 16.I Love You So
- 17.When The Saints Go Marching In
This collection contains Louis Armstrong's concert in Katanga, Africa, recorded in November 1960, and a bonus disc of greatest hits.
Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Trummy Young (vocals, trombone); Velma Middleton (vocals); Tyree Glenn (trombone); Barney Bigard, Joe Darensbourg, Joe Muryani (clarinet); Billy Kyle, Marty Napoleon (piano); Arvell Shaw, Billy Crank, Buddy Catlett (bass); Dany Barcelona (drums).
Recorded live in Katanga, Africa in November 1960; Nice, France on May 17, 1962; Elisabethville, Africa in November 1960. Includes liner notes by Jacques Pescheux and Josette Mayer.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Trummy Young (vocals, trombone); Joe Muranyi, Barney Bigard (clarinet); Tyree Glenn (trombone); Marty Napoleon, Billy Kyle (piano).
Liner Note Author: Jacques Pescheux.
Recording information: Elisabethville, Afica (11/??/1960-05/17/1962); Katanga, Africa (11/??/1960-05/17/1962); Nice, France (11/??/1960-05/17/1962).
This previously unreleased historic recording documents the concert Louis Armstrong gave in Katanga, Africa, in 1960, as Honorary Ambassador of the U.S. State Department. A double-disc set including material selected from two different African concerts and a handful of tracks from a performance in France, THE KATANGA CONCERT reminds us that Armstrong not only wrote the book on jazz, but went about reading it to the entire world in his gruff, lovable voice.
The track list here consists mostly of the standards, show tunes, and Armstrong originals that were the staples of his 1950s and '60s All-Stars show. Reaching back to his early OKeh catalog, Pops lets fly with such New Orleans classics as "Struttin' With Some Barbecue" and "St. Louis Blues." Latter-day signature tunes such as "That's My Desire" and "Mack the Knife" are given warm, familiar readings here, with fine playing and singing from the maestro. Armstrong's backing band is in fine form, with Velma Middleton on hand for a charming version of "That's My Desire." As can be judged from the rapturous audience response, these classic songs and performances have an effect that speaks volumes for the artistry and worldwide appeal of this jazz legend.