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Hot Jazz/Cool Garden at The Louis Armstrong House Museum


Rising Musical Stars Play Outdoor Concerts on Two Saturdays: August 1 and 22

-- The Armstrong House Will Be Open for Tours from Noon to 4 pm --

WHAT:   Outstanding young bands will play old-time standards in Hot Jazz/Cool Garden, a free concert series launched last summer by the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Made for the shade, the programs will take place in the museum's Japanese garden on the first and fourth Saturdays of August, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Hot Jazz/Cool Garden was created to showcase new groups that specialize in traditional jazz. This year's lineup features the York College Blue Notes on August 1 and Tin Pan Blues Band on August 22. The Louis Armstrong House will remain open for tours on both dates.

A big band in residence at York College/CUNY, the York College Blue Notes comprises talented local high school musicians and alumni of the York College Summer Jazz Program. The ensemble performs in notable New York City venues and is returning for the fourth year to the Louis Armstrong House Museum, where it is always a big hit.

The members of the Tin Pan Blues Band describe themselves as Ray Charles and Tom Waits at a Bourbon Street Parade. This festive four-man combo celebrates the most dominant and enlightened strains of American music from the early 20th century: jazz, blues, and popular song. The Tin Pan Blues Band is making its first appearance at the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Both events are free. Regularly scheduled house tours will take place during the concerts. Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors and students with ID. Admission includes a 40-minute guided tour of the historic house, and entry to the museum's current exhibit.
     
WHEN:
  Saturdays, August 1 and 22, 2009, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
     
WHERE:   The museum is located at 34-56 107 Street in Corona, Queens.

For directions, visit http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/visiting/overview.htm


BACKGROUND: 

It is only natural for jazz musicians to play in the home of the legendary Satchmo, who moved to Corona, Queens, with his wife Lucille in 1943. The couple spent the rest of their lives in this house. Thanks to the vision and financial support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, their residence—still containing its original furnishings—is a National Historic Landmark administered by Queens College. The tour explores the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong and includes recordings of him enjoying a meal with Lucille at his dining room table, chatting with friends in his living room, or practicing the trumpet in his den. For more information on the concerts and the Louis Armstrong House Museum, including directions, visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org.

 


 
 

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