July 26, 2008 1:21 a.m.

Given what I do I mainly see youtube through the prism of political video — viral video, our short commentary pieces, etc.; when I have my publisher’s hat on I keep up on the latest business developments in advertising, distribution and so forth. But every once in a while, usually late in the evening, I stumble into the wealth of live performances just sitting there in this massive collection, waiting to be seen. I spend a couple hours overwhelmed by what I find. I’m amazed that I don’t spend hours poking around and listening every night. And then I get pulled back in by work or whatever else has my attention and it’s lost to me for months or more.

Here’s Louis Armstrong & Jack Teagarden singing Rockin’ Chair at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. Always been one of my favorite duets, never seen them perform it. There’s another live recording of these two singing this song that has just an edge more of the sadness in the intonation. That’s the one I like best. But this is pretty good …

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