NYC: CELEBRATE JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH AT THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM - APRIL 23rd - 30th
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.
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