Louis Armstrong isn’t just one of the greatest musicians from New Orleans, he is one of the most important musicians people in the history of all music! Armstrong changed the way the world thought about music, and he was called “the single most important figure in the history of jazz” by Billboard magazine. He pioneered “scat” music, a new way of improvising instead of just playing the notes on a sheet of music and he literally took his “singing” style of trumpet playing to the world as a “musical ambassador” for the U.S. State Department. Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong overcame poverty to change the world as we know it, and he is worth celebrating each and every year.
This year, Satchmo SummerFest, like most things, will look a lot different. But that doesn’t mean it will be any less fun! “Seven Days of Satch” will take place July 27 – August 2, marking the 20th anniversary of this local favorite and will be a virtual celebration of all things Louis. Like all good New Orleans festivals, there will be plenty of good food, good music, and lots to learn about our great culture.
Start your morning off right with WWL -TV Channel 4 as their team brings you delicious cooking demos each day. From Landry’s Seafood House to the New Orleans School of Cooking, they’ll feature expert chefs to help you celebrate Louis Armstrong by cooking up the best of New Orleans food! You can watch them all here.
Jazz It Up
Next, our friends at WWOZ take over. Each morning from 9-11 am, they’ll feature archived interviews with Louis himself, speak with historians, and showcase the lasting impact of Armstrong’s work.
Later, it’s time for Satchmo Happy Hour! From 5-6 pm, WWOZ will bring you jazz from the French Market featuring rare live concert performances by Louis Armstrong.
While we can’t sing and dance together like we normally would, we can do it virtually! On Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, musical performances sponsored by the New Orleans National Jazz Historical Park will be filmed onsite at the New Orleans Jazz Museum will be streamed on Facebook live.
See the full schedule of events here.
Even during challenging times, we love how this city comes together to celebrate one of their own. Contact your local trusted advisor at GARDNER, REALTORS today to help create the life you love.