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Westy’s romance, rugby, music remembered

Sep 5th, 2015 | By

The foyer of the Founders Theatre slowly filled up. Folk arrived in dribs and drabs, mostly people in their 70s, jazz enthusiasts who had never forgotten a night exactly a half century before on that very spot. Fifty years, almost to the minute, since Louis Armstrong played Hamilton, remnants of his audience gathered again to celebrate the anniversary.

It would have been foolish to attempt a literal reenactment of the Armstrong gig, but live music was a necessity. Looking for talent, I had reached out to Hamilton’s Jazz Society. Its most senior member, John West, had responded with gusto.