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All That Jazz - March 27, 2014

The final seconds of the third overtime in the 1957 final between North Carolina and Kansas. Wilt Chamberlain (13) has just rejected Tommy Kearns' (40) jumper. (Photo via KU University Archives)

Q: It’s been called the greatest college basketball game in NCAA tournament history: North Carolina’s triple-overtime victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in the 1957 championship game in Kansas City. What’s the name of the legendary musician who played an impromptu concert for the Kansas basketball team as it returned to Lawrence later that night?


Louis Armstrong, 1953 (Photo via Library of Congress)A: Louis Armstrong (Satchmo)

NOTE: Tune in for The Jazz Scene with David Basse Saturday (March 28, 2015) afternoon (1-4 p.m.) on KPR to hear a recording of Louis Armstrong’s KU performance from that night in March back in 1957 – the night Satchmo played his trumpet to console KU basketball fans and players after the Jayhawks fell short in the NCAA championship game.

Want to learn more about Louis Armstrong’s concert at KU and how a young KANU broadcast engineer captured the performance on tape? Check out this article:

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