Apple TV+ announces ‘Black & Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong’

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  • Apple TV+ has announced Black & Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong.
  • The whole documentary will be told through Armstrong’s own words.

This is going to be a must-watch.

Apple TV+ has announced a new documentary telling the story of Louis Armstrong. What makes this one so interesting however is the fact that it will be told entirely through the musician’s own words.

The documentary, from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries, has now officially been greenlit by Apple TV+.

The film offers a definitive look at the master musician’s life and legacy as a founding father of jazz, the first pop star and a cultural ambassador of the United States. He was loved by millions worldwide but often mischaracterized for not doing enough to support the civil rights movement. In reality, his fight for social justice was fueled by his celebrity and his willingness to break his silence on issues of segregation and patriotism. With the full support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the filmmakers have access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival materials, including hundreds of hours of audio recordings, film footage, photographs, personal diaries and a life’s worth of ephemera for exclusive use in the first significant documentary dedicated entirely to his life.

There’s no telling when the new documentary will be released on Apple’s streaming service, but it already sounds like a must-watch if you’re even remotely interested in the man himself or his music. It’ll feature hours of audio recordings and even include personal diaries.

You will of course need an Apple TV+ subscription to take the new documentary in. It runs $4.99 per month unless you’re part of the Apple One party.

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