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Louis Armstrong House Museum Explores Armstrong and Race

-- Presentations and House Tours in Honor of Black History Month --


Louis Armstrong and Race


Louis Armstrong was one of the world’s greatest entertainers. He was loved and revered internationally as the father of jazz. He was a genius trumpeter and singer, a goodwill ambassador, charismatic movie star, and prolific writer. But he was rarely viewed as someone who influenced race relations in the United States and abroad.  


On Saturdays, February 12 and 26, at both 1 pm and 3 pm, the Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) will explore the subject of Louis Armstrong and race, from the musician's humble beginnings in segregated New Orleans, to his often quiet but powerful protests for civil rights throughout his remarkable 50-year career. Join the museum's "Satchologist" Rcky Riccardi for a fresh look at one of Amerca's most influential figures. Riccardi will present this unexplored side of Armstong thought private tape recordings and rare footage, including a chilling version of his performance of "Black and Blue" from East Berlin. All presentations are followed by a guided tour of the museum.


Reservations are required as space is limited. To make a reservation, email or call the museum at 718-478-8274.



Saturdays, February 12 and 26, at 1 pm and 3 pm.


Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors/students/children, free for  members.
Event included with museum admission.


The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens. For directions, visit

Louis Armstrong House Museum:
Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille (a Cotton Club dancer) moved to Corona, Queens, in 1943. The couple spent the rest of their lives in their little frame house on 107th Street. Thanks to the support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, their residence—still containing its original furnishings—is a National Historic Landmark and New York City landmark administered by Queens College of the City University of New York in Flushing. Forty-minute guided tours of the house feature candid recordings of Louis enjoying a meal with Lucille at their dining room table, chatting with friends in the living room, or practicing his trumpet in his den. For more information on the Louis Armstrong House Museum, its programs, and its collections, visit

Ricky Riccardi is a leading Armstrong expert who joined the museum staff in 2009 as project archivist. Riccardi holds a BA in Journalism and an MA in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University. He has lectured at the Institute of Jazz Studies, at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and at the annual Satchmo SummerFest in New Orleans. Riccardi is the author of a forthcoming book, What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years, and the author of a popular Armstrong blog at


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