Hanging With Hyland: Why Corona, Queens?

Last week, Adriana Filstrup published “Our Neighborhood”, a virtual exhibit about Louis Armstrong’s relationship with the community of Corona, Queens featuring many samples of Armstrong’s writings about the place he called home for the last 28 years of his life. Still, one of our most frequently asked questions is “Why Corona?” For the second installmentContinue reading “Hanging With Hyland: Why Corona, Queens?”

“I’m Still Louis Armstrong–Colored”: Louis Armstrong and the Civil Rights Era

[Warning: This post contains audio excerpts with graphic language and is not appropriate for younger readers.] In September 1957, Louis Armstrong put his career on the line by speaking out against the injustice taking place in Little Rock, where Governor Orval Faubus sent in the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine African American school childrenContinue reading ““I’m Still Louis Armstrong–Colored”: Louis Armstrong and the Civil Rights Era”

Hanging With Hyland: Introduction

This is Hyland Harris: For the last ten years, Hyland has been an all-star employee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, officially serving as our Gift Shop Manager. Hyland is also one of our finest docents and storytellers, always on hand to give tours to anyone who walks in, from groups of elementary school studentsContinue reading “Hanging With Hyland: Introduction”

“The Great Bing and The Solid Duke”: St. Louis Blues

April 29 marked the 121st birthday of legendary pianist, composer, bandleader Duke Ellington. Louis Armstrong’s record collection was flooded with Ellington selections. His tapes include works such as Masterpieces by Ellington, Uptown, In a Mellotone and Ellington At Newport. Here are two pages from Louis’s tape catalog for a dub of At Newport, including notesContinue reading ““The Great Bing and The Solid Duke”: St. Louis Blues”

“I Just Couldn’t Let You Get Away With That”: The Saga of Mister Jelly Lord

In our previous virtual exhibit on Louis Armstrong’s record collection, we promised to share more treasures from his music library in a series of regular Friday posts. For the inaugural effort in this series, we have chosen a masterpiece by another legend of New Orleans music, Jelly Roll Morton’s The Saga of Mr. Jelly LordContinue reading ““I Just Couldn’t Let You Get Away With That”: The Saga of Mister Jelly Lord”

“From Stravinsky to Gizzard”: Louis Armstrong’s Record Collection

Another  frequent question we get at the Louis Armstrong House Museum is, “What did Louis Armstrong listen to in his spare time?” The simplest answer was given by the man himself in this 1965 recording: “I listen to all kinds of music.” Click here to create a free account and listen to the rest ofContinue reading ““From Stravinsky to Gizzard”: Louis Armstrong’s Record Collection”

“A Chops Session”: The Slivovice Interview

With millions of people forced to stay at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the overarching theme of this site has been about what Louis Armstrong did when he was home. Our first post introduced Louis and Lucille’s long history with Corona, Queens, while our second offered rare audio clips of Louis warming up onContinue reading ““A Chops Session”: The Slivovice Interview”

“Eulogizing the Chops”: Louis Armstrong Warms Up

A common question we get from musicians who visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum is “What was Louis Armstrong’s practice routine?” The short answer is he didn’t have a set a routine. In fact, to hear him tell it, he didn’t even consider what he did play as “practice” but rather as “warming up.” HereContinue reading ““Eulogizing the Chops”: Louis Armstrong Warms Up”

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