I had the great pleasure of meeting the scholar of Louis Armstrong Ricky Riccardi at the Armstrong Archives (located in the library of the Queens College and they are a Marvel) so that we could have a brief discussion about his new book, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD: the magic of LOUIS ARMSTRONG (Pantheon) years later.? The book will be out June 21, although you can pre-order it on Amazon.
This is a wonderful book, and I will have more to say about this in a few weeks.? But here is its young author - informed, sincere, down-to-Earth and full of love for his subject.? And I am not the only one who thinks so:
"The story of Louis Armstrong in recent years is the large post-war jazz untold tale.".? "Now, Ricky Riccardi he said to perfection," said Terry Teachout, author of POPs: A life of Louis Armstrong