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Al Hirt (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-12-16

Duration: 00:26:18

Subjects: Hirt, Al | Music | JAZZ | Trumpeteers | Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971 | Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998 | Fountain, Pete


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Grigsby-Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Hirt, Al Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from December 16, 1983, features an interview with Al Hirt conducted by Gus Weill. Hirt, a native of New Orleans, is a world renowned jazz trumpeter. He discusses: his early interest in trumpeting; his education in classical music and his growing interest in jazz; his friendships with Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Pete Fountain; and his discovery by a record company. He also performs “September Song.”