Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
POPS IS TOPS, ANNUAL OUTDOOR JAZZ CONCERT FOR CHILDREN
INSPIRED BY LOUIS ARMSTRONG, CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH THREE DAYS OF CONCERTS FEATURING JAZZ TRUMPETER JON FADDIS
|WHO: ||• Over 1500 children, from kindergarteners to junior high students from Corona and East Elmhurst schools, will attend over the three days. |
• World-renowned trumpet player Jon Faddis and his musicians, who will describe their instruments and how to play them and end the concert with a Q & A session.
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|WHEN: ||Two concerts daily at 10 am and 12 pm on May 22, 23 and 24 |
By invitation only. This event is not open to the public.
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|WHERE: ||The Louis Armstrong House Museum Garden |
34-56 107th Street, Corona
For directions, please visit
Background: Affectionately known as “Pops” to his close friends and neighbors, Louis Armstrong often played his trumpet for neighborhood children on the front stoop of his Corona home. This legacy of music and friendship is celebrated in the annual concert series Pops is Tops, which presents free, live concerts in the Japanese-inspired garden of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. “For some children, this is their first experience hearing live music,” said museum director Michael Cogswell.
Jon Faddis, who will perform for the children, has been called “the world’s greatest trumpeter” by Time Out New York. A protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, Faddis has played with Lionel Hampton and directed a host of big bands, including the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and its successor, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York. He was the musical director for the opening day celebration of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in 2003.
The Louis Armstrong House opened as a museum to the public on October 15, 2003. It is owned by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Queens College. Pops is Tops is supported, in part, by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.