Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues: Release date, synopsis, trailer & more

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues is a documentary about the iconic life and career of Louis Armstrong. The documentary shows the struggles he faced as he rose to stardom during a politically turbulent era in America.

Release date

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues will premiere on 28 October on Apple TV+.

Cast and creators

  • Louis Armstrong 
  • Steve Allen
  • Lucille Armstrong
  • Ernie Anderson
  • Amiri Baraka

Directed by Sacha Jenkins


“Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing musician, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations. This definitive documentary, directed by Sacha Jenkins, honors Armstrong’s legacy as a founding father of jazz, one of the first internationally known and beloved stars, and a cultural ambassador of the United States. The film shows how Armstrong’s own life spans the shift from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and how he became a lightning rod figure in that turbulent era.”

Other details

Louis Armstrong was among the first African-American personalities to gain international popularity. He is known for his significant contribution to the development of jazz.


Through a series of recorded footage of Louis Armstrong and interviews with his family members and TV personalities, the documentary discusses his impact on jazz music, radio and American politics. 

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