Schomburg’s Live From Ada “Bricktop” Smith To Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (Podcast)

ada+bricktop+in harlemFeaturing Ada “Bricktop” Smith to Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, on the Schomburg Center for Research’s Live from the Reading Room: Correspondence is a podcast series that aims to share interesting and engaging letters written by or to key historical figures from the African Diaspora. Each episode highlights a letter from popular collections housed in the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

Ada Bricktop Smith1Today’s episode features a letter from jazz singer, dancer, and nightclub owner Ada “Bricktop” Smith, jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and “auto-archivist” Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.

The Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division holds public-service copies of both commercial and archival recordings featuring Ada “Bricktop” Smith including: “Funny That Way,” “Embraceable You,” and ” Can’t We Be Friends.”

Listen to the podcast below:


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For more information about these and other items, please contact schomburgaudiovisual@nypl.org.

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