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Friday, April 22, 2016



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Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month at the LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM (34-56 107th Street, Corona, Queens, NY - 718-478-8274) and the 60th Anniversary of Edward R. Murrow's film 'Satchmo the Great'. Visitors to the Louis Armstrong House Museum will get a rare treat this April to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. The museum will give all visitors a rare print of Louis's first arrival in Africa in 1956, a tour immortalized in Edward R. Murrow's film, Satchmo the Great (while supplies last).  City University of New York (CUNY) students will enjoy free admission all month long and New York City public school children and their families will enjoy free admission during Spring Break, April 23rd through April 30th. This rare photo from the museum's Ernie Anderson Collection depicts a major moment in Louis Armstrong's career: his arrival in the Gold Coast of Africa (soon to become the independent nation of Ghana) in May 1956. Armstrong had never been to Africa before and when he arrived, his airplane was met by a mob of spectators, including thirteen trumpeters playing a traditional African song, "Sly Mongoose," retitled "All for You, Louis" for the occasion. The photo depicts the moment Armstrong pulled out his horn to play along, a momentous meeting of the two cultures. It was saved by Armstrong's longtime publicist Ernie Anderson and was acquired by the Louis Armstrong House Museum in 2012. The photo has never been exhibited or published until now for Jazz Appreciation Month 2016. It stands a special reminder of Armstrong's power as America's "Ambassador of Goodwill," an appropriate message for Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day. International Jazz Day, Saturday, April 30th, there will be a Special Screening of Satchmo the Great. The museum's Jazz Appreciation Month programming culminates with a special Jazz Day Screening of Edward R. Murrow's Satchmo the Great in partnership with the MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. Satchmo the Great was created by famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow who followed Louis Armstrong around the world, filming him in Paris, Sweden, Switzerland, England, and Africa, before returning back to New York for an unforgettable performance of "St. Louis Blues" with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. This film captures "Ambassador Satch" at his 1950s peak, entertaining 100,000 fans in the Gold Coast of Africa, playing his big hit "Mack the Knife" in London, and humorously explaining the definition of a "cat" in a rollicking Paris interview with Murrow. Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, will introduce the film, which has not been commercially available since its original theatrical release in 1956. For the screening, tickets are $16 ($12 for seniors and students) and can be reserved online at The MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK or at 212-534-1672.


The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts' presentation of the 24th International Duke Ellington Study Conference, presented this year by The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts from Thursday, May 19th through Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, at various venues in New York City. The Conference, which is attended by approximately 200 music scholars, lecturers, Duke Ellington historians and music and jazz fans from all over the globe, is held in different countries of the world on an irregular schedule. This year the Conference is being presented by The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, which was founded in 2004 by Duke's granddaughter Mercedes Ellington, the noted dancer and choreographer, to protect and enhance the legacy of Duke Ellington, the musician, orchestra leader and composer who is universally regarded as the most prolific American composer of the 20th century. The conference, which will be held in various New York City venues associated with Duke Ellington's life and career, will feature screenings, lectures, the presentation of dissertations by noted musicologists and historians, performances of Ellington's musical compositions by renowned jazz singers, dancers and musicians, as well as a guided bus tour of the Harlem Ellington knew and loved, and a visit to the historic Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx where Duke and other jazz immortals are buried. Carmen de Lavillade, the world renowned dancer/choreographer who portrayed Madam Zajj in Duke Ellington's memorable TV special and recording, "The Drum Is A Woman," will introduce a screening of the heralded production, hosted by Mercedes Ellington, at the Paley Center for Media on the Conference's Opening Day, Thursday, May 19th. Ms. de Lavillade will be the recipient of this year's "Beyond Category Lifetime Achievement Award" which will be presented to her at an Awards Luncheon to be held at the MIST Harlem (46 West 116th Street in Harlem) on the final day of the conference, Sunday, May 22nd from 11:30 am - 2:00 am.


The ST. LOUIS CABARET CONFERENCE, the nation's longest running training program in the art of song performance gives you yet another stellar faculty roster of professionals to guide you. Award winning Broadway and cabaret stars, show business legends, American Idol coaches and the finest music directors in the business - these dynamic artists are at the top of their game and are committed to helping you to achieve your goals. Scheduled to take part are Ann Hampton Callaway, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, Peisha McPhee, Faith Prince, Tedd Firth, Christopher Denny, Jeff Harnar, Michael Orland, Alex Rybeck, Lee Lessack, Tim Schall, and Billy Stritch. The Conference also announces a new home for the event through an exciting, new partnership with St. Louis University, one of the Midwest's most esteemed institutions of higher learning. All master classes and housing will take place on this beautiful urban campus in the heart of St. Louis within walking distance to all of the St. Louis Cabaret Festival performances. The Conference, which runs from Saturday, July 16th through Sunday, July 24th, offers in-depth training to adult singers at all stages through the 5-day Traditional Track, 7-day Next Step Track and 8-day Professional Track. The newly launched 4 day High School Sessions give the next generation of singers their own program of high level mentoring. No other program of its kind offers this depth of tiered training. The Conference also continues it's unique partnership with the ST. LOUIS CABARET FESTIVAL, a 6-day public performance series held from Tuesday, July 19th through Sunday, July 24th, that showcases the faculty and participants of the Conference in 3 beautiful state of the art venues in St. Louis' Grand Center arts district. Use the above links to find out more information.


The 12th Annual, 2016 Provincetown Jazz Festival ( ) will be held in two venues this year. The first event, on August 11th at 7:00 pm at THE CROWN & ANCHOR (247 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA - 508-487-1430 - ) with the second event held on August 15th, with performances at 7:00pm & 9:00 pm at the THE COTUIT CENTER FOR THE ARTS (4404 Route 28 - Falmouth Road - Cotuit, MA - 508-428-0669 - ). For 11 years the Provincetown Jazz Festival has presented jazz musicians from the United States, Canada, South America, United Kingdom, Europe, and New Zealand. This year they will feature four jazz musicians making their Provincetown Jazz Festival debut:

Billy Stritch sings the Mel Tormé Songbook, a tribute to one of the legendary jazz singers of all time and features some his greatest arrangements. Billy is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene and accompanies & arranges for Liza Minnelli, Linda Lavin, Marilyn Maye, and many others. He will be accompanied by Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums.

Evan Christopher, who has created a highly personal brand of "contemporary early-jazz" that strives to extend the legacy of the New Orleans clarinet style. Charismatic and versatile, Christopher was drawn to New Orleans from his native California in 1994 by the rich musical landscape in the birthplace of Jazz. He tours extensively in the United States and Europe and has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival. Appearing with Evan will be Fred Boyle on piano, Nicki Parrott on bass and Bart Weisman on drums.

Nicki Parrott, a world renowned double bassist & jazz vocalist and was voted by Japan's Swing Journal to be the Best Jazz Vocalist in 2007 & 2008. Born in Australia, Nicki relocated to New York and was bassist & vocalist for the legendary Les Paul for over 10 years. She performs regularly at most of the world's top jazz festivals and venues.

Scott Avidon, a jazz sax player, composer and educator from New Jersey, accompanied by Fabiano de Castro from Brazil on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums.

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