Louis Armstrong: August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971 Satchmo SummerFest

A Louis Armstrong Centennial Celebration

August 2 - 5, 2001

Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint
Esplanade at the River
New Orleans, Louisiana


Satchmo SummerFest Exhibits

Exhibit Openings, Thursday, August 2
11:00 am Louis Armstrong Art Show, "Tribute to Satchmo"

This juried show includes oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media by local artists, depicting the life, music and memory of Satchmo. Presented by the Mayor's Office of Arts Tourism; produced by French Quarter North & South Art Guild. Prize award courtesy of Louisiana Office of Tourism. Free.

Location: Crescent City Brewhouse, 527 Decatur Street

(show will remain in place throughout August)

9:00 am - 5:00 pm "All Things Trumpet…And Then Some"

Eric Waters, a local cultural photographer, has captured the soul and essence of the trumpet as a work of art in this 40-photo exhibit portraying trumpet players. The exhibit, showing the photographer's admiration for the artists and the artistry, the moods and the music, is infused with images from some of the country's top musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Doc Cheatham, and also acknowledges the gifts of New Orleans' finest unsung heroes such as Clyde Kerr, Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield. Free.

Location: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park French Quarter Visitor Center, 916 N. Peters Street

Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am-5 pm., August 1-October 31. Sponsored by the French Market Corporation and New Orleans Jazz Commission.

Ongoing Exhibits, Friday-Sunday, August 3-5
9:00 am - 7:00 pm Louisiana State Museum Jazz Exhibit

On view for the first time in this Louisiana State Museum collection will be a fascinating letter written by Armstrong recounting his years growing up in the Crescent City and his glorious return and reign as King Zulu during Mardi Gras in 1949. The museum's permanent jazz collection also includes a bugle and a cornet on which Armstrong learned to play as a youngster residing at the Municipal Waif's Home from 1913-14, and showcases memorabilia, vintage photographs, authentic recordings and instruments used by musical legends such as Armstrong and Sidney Bechet.

Location: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue

(Free during SatchmoFest - $5 for adults; kids 12 and under Free)


"A Career in Jazz: the Photography of Herman Leonard"

A traveling exhibit by the Louisiana State Museum, features more than 30 black and white photos by this internationally recognized photographer and an almost equal number of his revealing anecdotes from his work with groundbreaking jazz artisits from the 40s through the early 60s in New York and Europe.

Location: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue

(exhibit remains in place through August 25 and is included with Mint admission)


"Satchmo's Early Years"

A portion of the "Satchmo: The Spirit of New Orleans" exhibition that was on view at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival earlier this year. The display, which was researched by Dr. Jack Stewart, musician and jazz historian, represents "New Orleans Through the Eyes of Louis Armstrong" and includes photos that illustrate Armstrong's remembrances as depicted in four of his autobiographies.

Location: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue


"Satchmo, the Louisiana Years"

This traveling exhibit from the New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration consists of archival photos and text focusing on Louis Armstrong's life in New Orleans prior to leaving for Chicago in 1922 as well as numerous return visits to Louisiana in later years. This mini-biography of the talented boy from a poor neighborhood who overcame obstacles on his way to worldwide stardom was made possible through a grant from the La. Endowment for the Humanities, State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Photographs were provided by the La. State Museum, The William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archives at Tulane University and the Louis Armstrong House & Archives at Queens College/CUNY.

Location: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue


"Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?"

These photo panels, which provide a glimpse into the life of New Orleans' native son, have never been previously displayed outside of the Louis Armstrong House and Archives, Rosenthal Library, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY. They are from the primary collection of Louis' vast personal collection of materials that were discovered in the Armstrong House in 1987.

Location: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue


Armstrong on Film

An ongoing tape of rare Armstrong footage from the Bastide Collection, Hogan Jazz Archives,Courtesy of Midlo Center, UNO, and the Florence Gould Foundation.


Sweet Emma Exhibit

This first-time exhibit pays tribute to "Sweet Emma, the Bell Gal", an African-American woman, who became one of the best-known bandleaders on Bourbon Street. Although Emma Barrett never learned to read music, she performed with many of the city's premier bands and worked with Papa Celestine, John Robichaux, Armand Piron and Sidney Desvigne. Emma appeared Dixieland Hall and Preservation Hall and despite being paralyzed on her left side and confined to a wheelchair after a stroke in 1967, she continued to play piano regularly until a few weeks before her death. The exhibit includes memorabilia, photos, testimonial from musicians, clothing, hats and the famous bells that Emma wore on her ankle to keep time.

Location: New Orleans African-American Museum, 1418 Gov. Nicholls Street, Tel. 565-7497.

(exhibit will remain in place August 5-31 - $5 admission, except on Tuesdays)

Note: Event schedules & artist appearances are subject to change.

Thursday, August 2  Friday, August 3  Saturday, August 4  Sunday, August 5

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