The Louis Armstrong House Announces 2011 Summer Season

The Louis Armstrong House Announces 2011 Summer Season

Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) announces the programming for the 2011 Summer Season. Since opening to the public in 2003, LAHM - a National Historic Landmark - has been a staple of arts and culture for the Queens community and beyond. The 2011 Summer Season will include an assorted line-up of guest musicians and special collaborations. Summer programming includes the monthly concert series Hot Jazz/Cool Garden, a Fourth of July Birthday Celebration for Louis Armstrong and the free annual Jazzmobile concert in front of the museum. On Sunday, June 26 LAHM will debut the latest biography on Louis Armstrong -- What A Wonderful World -- written by LAHM archivist Ricky Riccardi. In addition, LAHM will take part in New York City's Play Me, I'm Yours, in which pianos on the streets invite spontaneous performance, as well as Queens Art Express, a popular community festival.

Louis Armstrong House Museum offers daily guided tours. Today visitors from all over the world can come visit the home where Louis Armstrong lived with his wife, Lucille. The house radiates with Armstrong's unique, infectious energy. It remains frozen in time and every item in the house belonged to them. On tour you'll travel back in time with private recordings of Louis practicing his trumpet and conversing with friends. Visitors can also experience an Armstrong exhibit displaying Louis's many keepsakes including: photographs, awards, and one of his gold-plated trumpets.

Hot Jazz/Cool Garden
Now in its 4th Season, the Hot Jazz/Cool Garden outdoor series is held each summer in the Armstrong Garden at LAHM. The musical extravaganza showcases up-and-coming traditional jazz bands that play the musical sounds of Louis Armstrong. This year the series will feature The Bria Skonberg Quartet (June 18), Gordon Au & The Grand Street Stompers (July 30) and Baby Soda Jazz Band (August 20). All performances begin at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person and include a guided tour of the Louis Armstrong Museum. The tour can be taken before or after the concert.

What A Wonderful World Book Party
Armstrong fans are invited to come out and celebrate Ricky Riccardi's much-anticipated book, What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years. The book party takes place in the Armstrong Garden at LAHM on Sunday, June 26 from 2 - 4pm. Tickets are $35, which includes an autographed book, house tour, and refreshments. Reservations must be made at

"The story of Louis Armstrong's later years is the great untold tale of postwar jazz. Now Ricky Riccardi has told it to perfection." Terry Teachout, author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

Ricky Riccardi is considered today's leading Armstrong scholar. He is the archivist at the Louis Armstrong House Museum and is the author of a popular Armstrong blog, Riccardi holds a Master's in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers and has presented on Armstrong at the Institute of Jazz Studies, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and at the annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans.

Fourth of July Birthday Celebration
Louis Armstrong always celebrated his birthday on July 4th. Two days before he passed away, he celebrated his final birthday right at home in his garden. To honor his legacy, LAHM celebrates Armstrong's birthday each year on the Fourth of July. LAHM will be open for guided tours and special birthday events from Noon - 5:00 pm with a special 2-for-1 admission price. Admission includes a celebratory performance by the renowned jazz trombonist Art Baron in the Armstrong Garden at 1:00 pm followed by complimentary birthday cake.

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