Verve/UMe to Release Louis Armstrong’s Christmas Album “Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule” on Oct. 28th, 2022 | WATCH NEW VIDEO!

FIRST-EVER OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS ALBUM FROM THE LEGENDARY LOUIS ARMSTRONG, “LOUIS WISHES YOU A COOL YULE,” SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 28 VIA VERVE RECORDS/UMe

NEW COLLECTION INCLUDES NEARLY ALL OF SATCHMO’S HOLIDAY OFFERINGS PLUS A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ARMSTRONG RECORDING OF THE CLASSIC HOLIDAY POEM, “A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS,” SET TO NEWLY RECORDED MUSIC BY SULLIVAN FORTNER

WATCH THE ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “I’VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM” WITH ELLA FITZGERALD BELOW

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Much like Santa Claus himself, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong devoted his life to “the cause of happiness,” as he once put it, bringing joy to audiences around the globe every time he put his trumpet to his lips or crooned with his instantly-recognizable, gravelly voice. Yet, while Satchmo’s holiday recordings have become standard yuletide fare, he never released a Christmas album during his lifetime. Now, for the very first time, Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule – out October 28 via Verve Records/UMe, presents Armstrong’s holiday recordings as a cohesive body of work, marking his first-ever official Christmas album.

Since his passing in 1971, Armstrong has become one of the most oft-played artists during the holiday season, his golden trumpet tone still able to cut through the din of even the most bustling shopping mall. Available for pre-order today, Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule features nearly the entirety of Armstrong’s holiday output: six Decca singles from the ’50s, including “Cool Yule,” “Christmas Night in Harlem,” and the swinging “‘Zat You Santa Claus?.” The 11-track album also features duets with two of Pops’ favorite vocal partners, Velma Middleton (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) and Ella Fitzgerald (“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”). An official video for the Louis and Ella classic debuts today, hand-drawn by director and animator JonJon in his distinctive “line and shape” style.

Pre-order Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule

Rounding out the collection is the artist’s signature hit, “What a Wonderful World,” which has become something of a yearlong hymn of hope and celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, plus a very special gift to fans: a previously unreleased reading of Samuel Clement Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” popularly known as “The Night Before Christmas.” Paired with a groovy, newly-recorded musical underbed by New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner, the poignant recording marks the first new Louis Armstrong track in more than 20 years and is notable for being the last recording he ever made.

Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule will be available in a variety of formats, including on red vinyl, a limited edition vinyl picture disc (releasing November 4th), CD, and digital. The album will feature new liner notes from GRAMMY®-Award winning writer, Ricky Riccardi, author of two Armstrong biographies (“Heart Full of Rhythm” and “What a Wonderful World”) and Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Additionally, all 11 tracks have been mixed in immersive Dolby Atmos and hi-res audio.

Since his passing in 1971, Louis Armstrong’s legacy as one of the most beloved and influential jazz artists of all time has only continued to grow, while his enduring catalog of recordings remains timeless. Born in New Orleans, Armstrong (1901-1971) began his career in the ’20s, bringing his Dixieland background to Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles. By the time he became an internationally-renowned star in the ’40s, the hardworking singer, bandleader, actor, and trumpet player was spending nearly 300 days on tour every year. One constant throughout these shows, however, was the spirit of Christmas.

As a child, Riccardi writes, Armstrong “did not have much time for Christmas… life necessitated that he drop out of school and go to work while still a young boy to help support his mother and sister.” After his marriage to Lucille Wilson, however, the holidays took on a new meaning—particularly when the couple was on the road. Riccardi continues, “With the holidays approaching, Lucille bought a small Christmas tree and set it up in their hotel room. According to Lucille, Louis ‘just looked at it and looked at it and told me, ‘This is the first tree I’ve ever had.’ Louis refused to let Lucille take it down and insisted they take it with them on the rest of the tour. The Armstrongs would continue this tradition, Lucille later remarking that they continued setting up ‘a table tree and holiday fixings in whatever hotel in whatever country we happen to be in.'”

Perhaps, it is that love of Christmas that accounts for Armstrong’s somewhat mysterious reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Captured months before his death, on February 26, 1971, the recording was made by the ailing artist, alone on his home reel-to-reel tape recorder. Whether Satchmo was giving fans one final present, or simply finding comfort in his favorite holiday, it is certain that the recording, and this album, will deliver plenty of Christmas magic.

Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule Track Listing
(1CD/Digital)

Cool Yule
Winter Wonderland
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (w/ Ella Fitzgerald)
‘Zat You Santa Claus?
Christmas In New Orleans
White Christmas
Christmas Night In Harlem
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (w/ Velma Middleton)
Moments To Remember
What A Wonderful World
Reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” with Sullivan Fortner, piano accompaniment
Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule Track List
(Vinyl)

SIDE A

Cool Yule
Winter Wonderland
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (w/Ella Fitzgerald)
‘Zat You Santa Claus?
Christmas In New Orleans
White Christmas
SIDE B

Christmas Night In Harlem
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (w/ Velma Middleton)
Moments To Remember
What A Wonderful World
Reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” with Sullivan Fortner, piano accompaniment

SOURCE Verve/UMe

MORE News on T.U.M.S.!

Trumpeter Kamasi Washington to Release New Album "Fearless Movement" on May 3rd, 2024 | WATCH NEW VI...
Jazz Supergroup Something Else! feat. Vincent Herring to Release New Project "Soul Jazz" on June 14t...
South African Pianist Nduduzo Makhathini to Release New Project "uNomkhubulwane" on June 7th, 2024 |...
Gospel Singer Maurette Brown Clark Releases New Single "I See Good" | WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO!
Afropop Singer Adeoluwa Releases New Single "Jeje" | LISTEN! New EP "For The Fourth" Arrives April 1...
Bass Legend Avery Sharpe & Double Quartet to Release New Album "I Am My Neighbors Keeper" on June 14...
Jazz Legends Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin to Release New Album "Brasil" on May 31st, 2024 | LISTEN!
Saxophonist Duane Parham Releases New Single "Your Precious Love" feat. Tammy (Trele) Davis | WATCH ...
Gospel Legend Bebe Winans to Deliver New Single “Father In Heaven (Right Now)" feat/Gerald Albright ...
Trumpeter Etienne Charles to Release New Project "Creole Orchestra" on June 14th, 2024 | WATCH NEW E...
Producer Eric "EWill" Williams Unveils Collaboration w/K-Ci & Coko in New Single "Crazy For Your Lov...
Flutist Lori Bell to Release Tribute Album "Recorda Me: Remembering Joe Henderson" on April 19th, 20...
Gospel Singer Eddie Ruth Bradford Releases New Single "He Knows How Much We Can Bear" | LISTEN!
Bassoonist Joy Guidry Releases New Single "I Will Always Miss You" | LISTEN! New Album "Amen" Coming...
NPG Records And Paisley Park Enterprises Release Rare Prince B-Side “United States Of Division” | LI...
Saxophonist Kirk Whalum to Release New Album "Epic Cool" on May 17th, 2024 | LISTEN to New Single “B...
Producer/Keyboardist Chris "Big Dog" Davis to Release New Album "After The Storm" on April 5th, 2024...
Saxophonist Randy Scott to Release New Project "Oasis" on April 19th, 2024 | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
R&B Artist Shalli Releases New Single "Freezing" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Singer Lisa Bellamy Releases New Single "JOY" Feat. Cody Norris and Austin Carr | LISTEN!
Multi-Faceted Music Master Kevin Toney Passes From Cancer at 70
Gospel Artist Deloin Scotton Releases New Single "Mercy Said No" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Jazz Ensemble Spontaneous Groovin’ Combustion Releases New Track “Spontaneity” | LISTEN!
R&B/Soul Songstress Syleena Johnson Releases New Single "Black Balloon" feat. Syl Johnson | WATCH NE...
The City of Philadelphia Honoring Frankie Beverly With Street Renaming Ceremony In May
Ghost-Note Releases New Single “Grandma’s Curtains” feat. Eric Gales | LISTEN!
Blues Singer Tee Dee Young Releases New Single "Love Me No More" | LISTEN!
R&B Singer Tony Walk to Release New Single "Tell Me You Want It" on April 5th, 2024 | LISTEN!
Mariah Carey Receives SoundExchange Hall of Fame Award
Gospel Singer Hezekiah Walker Set to Break Ground on East Brooklyn Affordable Housing Development
Music Legend Maurice White’s Final Recordings "Manifestation" Coming May 3rd, 2024 | WATCH NEW TRAIL...
Kevin Flournoy and Amanda Cole to Release New Track “To The Water” on April 5th, 2024 | WATCH NEW VI...
Jazz/Funk Bassist Christian de Mesones to Release New Album “You Only Live Twice” on April 12th, 202...
The Bobby Broom Organi-Sation to Release New Live Project "Jamalot" on May 24th, 2024 | WATCH NEW VI...
Percussionist Eric Frazier to Release New Project "That Place, Featuring Return of The Panther Woman...
Gospel Singer Keri Fraser to Release New Single "You Are Holy" on March 29th, 2024 | LISTEN!
Nigel Hall & DJ Harrison to Release Tribute Album "The Burning Bush: A Journey Through the Music of ...
Sierra Green & The Giants Releases New Single "Break in the Road" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Jazz Guitarist Adam Hawley Releases New Album "Unstoppable" | LISTEN! Announces New Tour Dates for 2...
Davido and Lila Iké Release New Single “Flex My Soul” | WATCH NEW VIDEO!