Thursday, February 10, 2011


Happy News!
Stop-Time will happen on July 6, 2011!

Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute will partner with Stop-Time to present a variety of musical events, dance, visual art, and performance at several downtown Saratoga and Skidmore College locations. 
Between 3 and 7 pm audiences are invited to hear and see musicians, actors, dancers and artists present their versions of Louis Armstrong’s life and music. With improvisation as guide, Stop-Time artists take Louis Armstrong’s words and notes as starting point and reshape Armstrong’s canvas for this day.

Special Guest: Hal Miller, faculty, Skidmore College Summer Jazz Institute, will deliver a talk replete with video material documenting Louis Armstrong’s musical development.

A few of Hal Miller’s accomplishments, as listed on Skidmore College’s Office of Special Programs website:
Having collected in excess of 14,000 jazz videos, Miller contributes frequently to TV documentaries and special programs. His “Jazz Heritage” series was shown on Black Entertainment Television, and he collaborated with Ken Burns on the PBS documentary, “Jazz: A History of America’s Music.” Miller is Director of Programming for Jazz Video Networks and Associate Producer for Jazz Icons, providing rare jazz video materials to colleges and universities. He frequently tours with the Carlos Santana Band and is collaborating with Santana to write his autobiography. Miller is also a writing and research consultant for jazz history and CD liner-note projects.

Artists, locations, times will be announced soon.

Skidmore College Summer Jazz Institute 

In celebration: Here’s a song Armstrong wrote—“Cornet Chop Suey Blues.”   He wrote it in 1924; this recording, Chicago, February 26, 1926.—almost 85 years ago. Recorded with His Hot Five: Armstrong, cornet; Kid Ory, trombone; Johnny Dodds, clarinet; and Lil Armstrong, piano, Johnny St. Cyr, banjo.

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