“A Beautiful Night”: Salute to Satch, Newport Jazz Festival July 10, 1970

50 years ago tonight, George Wein turned the Newport Jazz Festival into a star-studded celebration of Louis Armstrong’s birthday, as he recently celebrated (what he believed to be) his 70th on July 4. Once again, we find ourselves departing a bit from the “That’s My Home” theme of this site to take you to Newport,Continue reading ““A Beautiful Night”: Salute to Satch, Newport Jazz Festival July 10, 1970″

The Story of Louis Armstrong’s Final Tape

Louis Armstrong passed away in his sleep in the early hours of July 6, 1971, 49 years ago today. He spent his final day in his den listening to music and dubbing records to tape. What was the final music his listened to? This Virtual Exhibit will tell the tale of Louis Armstrong’s final tape.Continue reading “The Story of Louis Armstrong’s Final Tape”

“My Fifty-Fifth Birthday Celebration”: Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong!

It’s July 4 weekend, which means it’s time to celebrate what we here at the Louis Armstrong House Museum refer to as Louis’s “traditional” birthday. For much of his life, Louis claimed he was born on July 4, 1900, but a baptismal certificate discovered by Tad Jones in the 1980s featured a birth date ofContinue reading ““My Fifty-Fifth Birthday Celebration”: Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong!”

Hanging With Hyland: Louis Armstrong’s Final Years

Early July brings us memories of Louis Armstrong’s traditional July 4 birthday, as well the July 6 date of his passing. In this installment of “Hanging With Hyland,” Hyland Harris and Ricky Riccardi discuss Louis Armstrong’s final years, his determination to play the trumpet again, his final gifts to his Queens neighborhood and how LucilleContinue reading “Hanging With Hyland: Louis Armstrong’s Final Years”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 1, Part 3

In case you’ve missed them, Part 1 of this series opened with a page-by-page breakdown of the first half of a scrapbook Louis Armstrong began compiling in 1969. The shorter Part 2 continued through the middle pages, focusing on a number of photographs of Louis with Israeli trumpeter Yakov Uriel. This post will conclude thisContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 1, Part 3”

Pops Goes French: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon”

70 years ago today, Louis Armstrong entered Decca’s New York studios to record two songs of French origin: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon.” Sy Oliver put together a terrific studio orchestra and arranged both songs for the date. The result was the biggest hit of Armstrong’s career to this point and twoContinue reading “Pops Goes French: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon””

2020 LAHM Fellows Presentations

This is a different, yet special edition of “Hanging With Hyland” as we’re shining the spotlight on our two wonderful LAHM Fellows, Jazz Milligan and Jovan Slaughter. For those who don’t know, we just completed our third year of a fellowship program funded by Robert F. Smith’s Fund II Foundation. Each year, two students areContinue reading “2020 LAHM Fellows Presentations”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 1, Part 2

Last week, we took you through a page-by-page exploration of the first half one of the handful of scrapbooks Louis Armstrong created in the last two years of his life. As promised, here is part two, much of it coming from March-April 1970. We open with one of Louis’s collages, made out of Christmas greetingsContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 1, Part 2”

Hanging With Hyland: Viewer Questions

We’ve now published six installments of “Hanging With Hyland” featuring our own Hyland Harris discussing everything from his background to Louis’s connection to Queens to the album Louis Armstrong and His Friends and more. Our comments sections is always open and we have received some excellent questions from our worldwide audience. In this video, HylandContinue reading “Hanging With Hyland: Viewer Questions”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 1, Part 1

After our multi-part look into the 1970 album Louis Armstrong and His Friends, it’s once again time to return to our “That’s My Home” theme and provide another glimpse into what Louis Armstrong did in his spare time off at home. We’re continuing with the year 1970 (does anyone believe that was actually fifty yearsContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 1, Part 1”

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