Names in the news, April 28

Posted April 27, 2012, at 5:09 p.m.

A live recording of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong playing his trumpet for one of the last times is being released to the public for the first time. On Jan. 29, 1971, Armstrong was a featured performer at the National Press Club in Washington, celebrating the inauguration of fellow Louisiana native Vernon Louviere as the club’s president. On Friday, Armstrong’s performance was played back in the same place for musicians, historians and some who were there for the original performance. The new album is called “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours: Satchmo at the National Press Club.” Amy Louviere, who was 11 when Armstrong played for her father’s inauguration at the club, recalled the audience’s delight when he pulled out his horn 41 years ago. Later Armstrong made her say “spaghetti” to get her to smile for a picture, she said. Looking back, the performance was Armstrong’s goodbye in many ways. It was the last recording made of him performing live that was meant to be played back some day. His health had been suffering for years after a heart attack and trouble with his kidneys. Armstrong died on July 6, 1971. … Actor Richard Gere is calling on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet publicly with the Dalai Lama. Harper is scheduled to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in his Parliament Hill office Friday. His office has billed the meeting a “private courtesy call,” in an apparent bid to avoid tensions with China. Gere said it is a positive step for Harper to meet the Dalai Lama but he should do so publicly. The “Pretty Woman” star is a practicing Buddhist and activist in the movement to free Tibet. He is in Ottawa to chair a panel discussion at a conference about Tibetan exiles.

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