Louis Armstrong Centennial - 100 Years of Satchmo
Satchmo.com's Tribute to Jazz Legend Louis Armstrong
Celebrating 100 Years of Louis Armstrong - A Cultural Hero

Beginning July 2000 and culminating August 2001, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, in partnership with the Louis Armstrong Education Foundation, Inc. and the New Orleans Jazz Commission, is sponsoring a year-long celebration of the life and legacy of New Orleans' favorite son - "Celebrating 100 Years of Louis Armstrong - A Cultural Hero" .

Look for the upcoming year-long calendar of Armstrong Events this August.

Friday, July 14, 2000 - Armstrong: The Early Days
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Visitor Center at 916 N. Peters

Join a National Park Service ranger for this overview of the extraordinary life and legacy of Louis Armstrong.

Saturday, July 29th - Satchmo and Dukes of Dixieland
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Dutch Alley Stage, French Market

One of the most recognized names in New Orleans Dixieland jazz, the "Dukes" celebrated half a century of great performances last year. Founded in 1949 by the Assunto brothers, trumpet player Frankie and trombonist Freddie, the group continues to capture the unique sounds of New Orleans jazz. Join the Dukes as they journey back in time by highlighting some of their 1959 Chicago recording hits with Louis Armstrong modern style.

Saturday, August 19, 2000 - Louis Armstrong Foundation Band
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Dutch Alley Stage, French Market

Join Eddie Edwards, veteran jazz drummer and historian, along with a host of some of New Orleans' best traditional jazz musicians in this all-star salute to Louis Armstrong.

Saturday, August 26th - Louis Armstrong and the Music of New Orleans
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Visitor Center at 916 N. Peters

Join local historian and author Tad Jones as he examines Louis Armstrong's New Orleans environment (1910-22) and the role it played in shaping the music of one of this century's most influential people.

Saturday, September 9, 2000 - Gregg Stafford and the Jazzhounds
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Visitor Center at 916 N. Peters

Gregg Stafford is yet another among a long line of great New Orleans trumpeters and vocalist. Mr. Stafford can hold his own perfoming all styles of music, but when it comes to traditional style jazz and repetoire, he really is at his best. Join Gregg and the Jazzhounds in a foot stomping, hand slapping, birthday salute to Louis Armstrong.

Saturday, September 23, 2000 - From Mayann Armstrong to Lil' Hardin
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Visitor Center at 916 N. Peters

Join Dr. Bruce Raeburn, Curator, Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University, for a fascinating overview, illustrated with slides and recording excerpts, of the influential women in Louis Armstrong's life and career.

For more information on these or other National Park Service programs, call 504-589-4806.

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"If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original." ~ Duke Ellington