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

Saturday, August 4, 2001
9:00 am - 12:30 pm University of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Centennial Conference continues. (By Admission)
Ongoing Free Admission to Ongoing Exhibits
10:00 am "Little Louis" Contest

The Chateau Sonesta Hotel offers local children, ages 7-13, an opportunity to strut their stuff as a Satchmo impersonator in this final round of a fun talent contest. Free and open to the public. Chateau Sonesta Hotel, 800 Iberville Street. Tel. 565-4596.

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Satchmo SummerFest
Location: Old U.S. Mint - Louisiana State Museum

A free celebration of food, music and fun in honor of Pops.

Sponsored by:
The Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, the Louisiana State Museum, Abita Beer, Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits, Kentwood Springs, the Louisiana Lottery, OffBeat and LifeCare Hospitals.

Music - Southern Comfort Stage
12:00 Opening Birthday Festivities
12:00 - 1:15 James Andrews, "Satchmo of the Ghetto"
1:30 - 2:30 The Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Band, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
2:45 - 4:00 Chris Clifton & His All-Stars
4:15 - 5:30 Heritage Hall Jazz Band, featuring Jewel Brown, Armstrong's Vocalist, 1961-68
5:45 - 7:00 Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble
Music - NewOrleans.com Brass Band Stage
12:00 - 1:30 Treme Brass Band
1:45 - 3:15 Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band
3:30 - 5:00 Paragon Brass Band
5:15 - 7:00 Olympia Brass Band
Red Bean Alley
12:00 - 7:00 A Sampling of Satchmo-inspired foods
Children's Informance (Mint Auditorium - 3rd Floor)
12:00 pm "Props For Pops" with Charmaine Neville:

A musical program focusing on New Orleans' International Ambassador of Jazz. Sponsored by Lakeside Toyota, presented by the Jazz Centennial Celebration.

Popeye's Children's Tent
1:00 pm Pieces of Power present a Red Beans & Rice Mosaic Workshop
2:30 pm Percussion for Kids: Music educator Curtis Pierre of Casa Samba presents a percussion demonstration that emphasizes the influence of ethnic cultures on Louis Armstrong's music.
4:00 pm Second-Line Creations Station: Mardi Gras Indian Queen and public school teacher Cherice Harrison Nelson, with help from members of social aid and pleasure clubs, will supervise as kids of all ages create second line umbrellas and sashes, and second line with a brass band. Presented by the Jazz Centennial Celebration.
1:00 pm Ralston Purina's Meow Mix "Jingle Your Way to L.A." Contest - Come hear some "cool cats" sing for their suppers - or at least, a lifetime supply of Meow Mix, $10,000 in cash, a trip to Hollywood for a makeover and a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive. Look for the Meow Mix Mobile on the Mint Plaza for a purrfectly entertaining event.
Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Tent
12:00 - 7:00 The history of this premier black cultural organization is illustrious and, at times, controversial and colorful. Native son Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong served as King in 1949, the only non Zulu member to hold this distinguished position. His wife, Lucille, served as Queen Zulu in 1973. Relive Satchmo's reign through rarely seen photos from the Marion Porter collection, doubloons featuring Armstrong's likeness, a silkscreen poster in his honor, memorabilia and pictures of the float that was used in the parade.
Harrah's "Hot Five" Seminars (Mint Auditorium - 3rd Floor)
1:00 pm Jazz on the Mississippi

The evolution of music on the river is a story in itself. Of the six remaining steamboats still operating on the Mississippi or its tributaries, Captain Clarke "Doc" Hawley has commanded or piloted five. In 49 years of excursion boating, he has witnessed performances of Danny Barker, Alvin Alcorn, Vic Tooker and Professor Longhair -- everything from jazz to rock and roll. This active river historian, pilot and calliope player will be joined by Connie Jones, an accomplished cornet player for nearly 50 years who has traveled the world and the river, for a lively discussion of the changing Mississippi and its music.

2:00 pm Session: Memories of Louis Armstrong
Phoebe Jacobs interviewed by Dan Morgenstern

The Armstrong Legacy: an interview with Armstrong Foundation Vice President Phoebe Jacobs who has been the keeper of the Armstrong flame for over 30 years. A close friend of the Armstrong family, Ms Jacobs will share insights into Armstrong's growing legacy since his passing, including the growth and development of the Armstrong Foundation.

3:00 pm Session: Memories of Louis Armstrong
Arvell Shaw, Joe Muranyi and Franz Jackson

A real treat for Armstrong fans - interviews with stars and legends from the Satchmo era. Interviewed by Michael Cogswell, Armstrong Archives

4:00 pm Session: Memories of Louis Armstrong
Selma Heraldo interviewed by Peggy Schein, curator, Armstrong House and Archives

Louis Armstrong's next door neighbor knew the Armstrong family in an intimate way, but chose to keep her knowledge private. Recently, however, she has decided to share the memories of her years of living next door to Satchmo. Her travels with the Armstrongs as Lucille Armstrong's companion included the famous trip to New Orleans to see Armstrong crowned King Zulu!

5:00 pm Session: Two Jazz Guys and a Thousand Jazz Stories

Famed jazz photographer Herman Leonard and French publisher Frank Tenot (Paris Match, Elle, Jazz) reminisce about the great jazz days in Paris and New York, sharing intimate never-before-told tales of Billie, Charlie, Louis and more.

5:45 pm Session: New Orleans Cornet and Trumpet Tradition from 1840 to Present

Dr. Jack Stewart, New Orleans jazz historian and musician, will circulate a list that he's compiled of almost every major New Orleans cornet and trumpet player of the 19th, 20th and 21st century -- with their influences and styles. A major work that will evoke interesting discussion.

6:00 pm Walking Tour of Louis Armstrong's New Orleans

Tad Jones, jazz historian, leads an informative tour of Armstrong's neighborhood. Starts at the corner of Poydras and South Rampart Streets.

8:00 pm "From Satchmo to Marsalis: A Tribute to the Fathers of Jazz": A Concert with Ellis, Wynton, Branford, Jason and Delfaeyo Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. Held at University of New Orleans - Lakefront Arena (By Admission)

Prize Drawing

Experience Armstrong's New Orleans - New York connection via JetBlue Airways! Visit the JetBlue tent located at the Old U.S. Mint and register to win two round-trip tickets from New Orleans to New York, complimentary tours for two of the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College and Louis Armstrong's home in Corona, Queens, plus $500 spending money for your Satchmo SummerFest Pilgrimage.

Sizzlin' Satchmo Specials - Available August 2-5 at Participating Restaurants
Note: Event schedules & artist appearances are subject to change.

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