The cast of SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF will feature L. Peter Callender Photo Credit Dave Lepori.

“Satchmo at the Waldorf” Comes to the South Bay

Ferry riders seeking to explore culture in The South Bay, may wish to take in a show that has been highly praised by theater critics.

The San Jose Stage Company has announced the full cast and creative team for upcoming production of SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF by Terry Teachout.

Directed by Ted Lange, SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF will run from February 1 – 26, 2023 at San Jose Stage Company (490 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA, 95113).

“What you hear coming out a man’s horn, that’s what he is.”

SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF is a one-man, three-character play in which the same actor portrays Louis Armstrong, the greatest of all jazz trumpeters; Joe Glaser, his white manager; and Miles Davis, who admired Armstrong’s playing but disliked his onstage manner.

It takes place in 1971 in a dressing room backstage at the Empire Room of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where Armstrong performed in public for the last time four months before his death.

Reminiscing into a tape recorder about his life and work, Armstrong seeks to come to terms with his longstanding relationship with Glaser, whom he once loved like a father but now believes to have betrayed him. In alternating scenes, Glaser defends his controversial decision to promote Armstrong’s career (with the help of the Chicago mob) by encouraging him to simplify his musical style, while Davis attacks Armstrong for pandering to white audiences.

Tickets range from $34 – $74 and can be purchased through the Box Office at (408) 283-7142 or online at For more information, visit