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

Sunday, August 5, 2001
Ongoing Free Admission to Ongoing Exhibits
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church in the historic Treme district, featuring the Jazz Kings, sponsored by the Heritage Music Mass Series of St. Augustine Church (the church of Sidney Bechet), 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street (map)
11:00 am "Three Trumpets of Treme"

James Andrews and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews will pay tribute to Louis Armstrong in culturally rich Treme - the nation's oldest African American neighborhood.

Kermit Ruffins was also scheduled to perform, but he will not be appearing.

Location: Backstreet Cultural Museum, 1116 St. Claude Street (map)

Sponsored by the Music and Entertainment Commission of New Orleans.

12:00 pm Second Line Parade from St. Augustine to Old U.S. Mint

Taking it to the streets New Orleans style - the tradition of the second-line, accented with brass band sounds in the festive presence of marching Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, pay tribute to the joy of jazz. Presented by the Music & Entertainment Commission of New Orleans. (10-20 blocks, bring dancing shoes and umbrellas)

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 - 1:00 Last Straws
1:15 - 2:30 New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra presents "New Orleans Music of Satchmo's Youth"
2:45 - 4:00 Clive Wilson's Satchmo Serenade with Butch Thompson
4:15 - 5:15 Irakli and the Louis Ambassadors with an "All Star Repertoire", sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation, le Meridien and the French Consulate
5:30 - 6:30 Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
6:30 - 7:00 Trumpet Tribute Finale with Guest Musicians, sponsored by the Music and Entertainment Commission of New Orleans
Music - NewOrleans.com Brass Band Stage
12:00 - 1:30 Louis Cottrell Brass Band
1:45 - 3:15 Algiers Brass Band
3:30 - 5:00 Michael White's Liberty Brass Band
5:15 - 6:30 Storyville Stompers
Red Bean Alley
12:00 - 7:00 A Sampling of Satchmo-inspired foods
Children's Informance (Mint Auditorium - 3rd Floor)
12:00 pm "Nuts & Bolts of Armstrong" with Tim Laughlin & Company

Explore the greatness of Louis Armstrong's music through an up close and personal look by noted New Orleans musicians. Sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Popeye's Children's Tent
1:00 pm Pieces of Power present a Red Beans & Rice Mosaic Workshop
2:00 pm Howard Pink & His Musical Garden Hoses or "Everything You Wanted to Know about the French Horn but Were Afraid to Ask": Using a conch shell, a cows ohm, a variety of soda straws and more, this LPO musician, teacher, and storyteller, teaches the history and development of the French horn in an educating and entertaining way.
3:00 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.
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 & Its Influence on Dance

Donald Byrd, a nationally renowned African American choreographer, is joined by New Orleans writer/poet Kalau ya Salaam, and sculptor, Martin Payton, to explore the influence of Louis Armstrong and jazz on our contemporary arts. Presented by the New Orleans Ballet Association.

2:00 pm The Jazz Kings: New Orleans' Link to the First Generation of Jazz Men

Following their Heritage Music Mass Series performance at St. Augustine Church, seven seasoned jazz musicians, ages 70-93, will discuss musical experiences and memories. Moderated by Lolis Eric Elie, columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

3:00 pm New Orleans Jazz Funerals

Don Marquis, jazz historian and author of "In Search of Buddy Bolden, First Man of Jazz", explains this cultural phenomena that links death and celebration.

4:00 pm Ambassador Satch: An Agent for Change

New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial and a panel of political, art and music leaders, including Stanley Crouch, columnist for the New York Daily News and one of the world's best and most famous jazz critics, and Robert O'Meally, Department Head of the newly added Jazz Studies at Columbia University, explore Satchmo's impact as a world figure, humanitarian and virtuoso. Presented by the Music and Entertainment Commission of New Orleans.

5:00 pm Memories of Armstrong

Richard B. Allen, curator emeritus for the Hogan Jazz Archives at Tulane University, and author of Louis Armstrong's obituary which appeared on the front page of the New Orleans States-Item on July 6, 1971, is joined by Armstrong protege Chris Clifton and Jewel Brown, touring vocalist with Armstrong from 1961-68, for touching and entertaining remembrances of Satchmo.

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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