Thomas Brothers

Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

Thomas Brothers, Professor of Music at Duke University, on his book, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism, which tells the story of how Louis Armstrong, a black man from the Deep South without a formal education, became one of the most influential artists of our time.

[Recorded Thursday, May 20, 2021.]

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      Thomas Brothers is the author of Help! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration; Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans; and Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of music at Duke University, he lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina.