Louis Armstrong Centennial - 100 Years of Satchmo
Horns Blow for Ellis Marsalis and Satchmo during Benefit Concert

Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis team up with
Harry Connick, Jr. to salute Ellis during Armstrong Centennial in New Orleans

Note: this concert has sold out!

NEW ORLEANS, LA, June 18, 2001 - Ellis Marsalis, four of his musical sons - Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, and one of his most famous students - Harry Connick, Jr., will perform on stage together for the first at the Satchmo to Marsalis: A Tribute to the Fathers of Jazz Concert Saturday, August 4, 2001, at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.

Great seats are available for this extraordinary musical the event, hosted by the University of New Orleans. Proceeds from the benefit concert will be used to endow the University's Jazz Studies Program in the name of program founder Ellis Marsalis. The concert is scheduled on the actual 100th birthday of Louis Armstrong.

Reserved-seat tickets to the Satchmo to Marsalis concert for $100, $60 and $35 and patron tickets for $250 are available at any Ticketmaster location or through www.ticketmaster.com. Sponsorships are available by calling 504-280-7410.

Patron tickets also include admission to the post-concert JazzJam to be held at the House of Blues. This event will feature performances by locally and nationally renowned musicians whom Ellis Marsalis has played with, mentored or taught during his illustrious career. Victor Goines, a former Marsalis student and the head of Jazz Studies at Juilliard, will be the headliner at the House of Blues.

"Ellis has been a foundation of music and jazz education in New Orleans for decades," says University of New Orleans Chancellor Gregory O'Brien. "The Jazz Studies Program would not be what it is today without people like Ellis and legends like Louis Armstrong, who have devoted their lives to making music and guiding young musicians."

Marsalis, who has taught music in New Orleans for more than 34 years, returned to New Orleans in 1989 to begin the jazz program after three years as coordinator of jazz studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Volunteers from New Orleans and around the nation have joined in promoting the event. This committee includes music and entertainment notables such as actors John Goodman and Helen Mirren, motion picture director Taylor Hackford, New York-based jazz writer and historian Sy Kravitz. The concert is being held during a whole weekend of related events and activities which are taking place in New Orleans August 2 - 5. These events include the Louis Armstrong Centennial Conference sponsored by the University of New Orleans (with support from the Louis Armstrong Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation), and, Satchmo Summerfest, a weekend of food, music and fun in the French Quarter.

A comprehensive metropolitan university, the University of New Orleans offers extensive learning experiences and academic training at both the undergraduate and graduate level to over 16,000 students in more than 100 degree programs. Since the first graduating class of 115 in 1962, the university has conferred more than 45,000 degrees, nearly one-quarter of those at the master's or doctoral levels. University of New Orleans sets itself apart by offering specialized majors such as Jazz Studies; Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration; and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. A member of the Louisiana State University System, the University of New Orleans is ranked as a Carnegie Research University II, one of only two public universities in Louisiana to receive this distinction. University of New Orleans was founded in 1956 as Louisiana State University in New Orleans and opened its doors Sept. 5, 1958

Louis Armstrong Centennial