Cultural medallion recipient: He's played with Louis Armstrong

Louis Soliano, one of two recipients of the Cultural Medallion this year, becomes only the second jazz musician to receive the country's highest honour in arts.
Louis Soliano, one of two recipients of the Cultural Medallion this year, becomes only the second jazz musician to receive the country's highest honour in arts.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Jazz musicians tend to be great raconteurs and Louis Soliano is no exception.

The chatty 76-year-old is an endless font of entertaining anecdotes, gleaned from his long years as a professional musician who has played with everyone from legendary jazz musicians Louis Armstrong and Stan Getz to singers Shirley Bassey and Julie London.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2018, with the headline 'He's played with Louis Armstrong'. Print Edition | Subscribe