The premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, music and legacy of New Orleans' native son, Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong.
This free community event is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Music all weekend on festival stages featuring traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, brass bands & children's programming. A sampling of performers who play the festival include Leroy Jones, Jeremy Davenport, Connie Jones' Crescent City Jazz Band, Yoshio Toyama and the Dixie Saints, The Palmetto Bug Stompers, Shamarr Allen, Rebirth Brass Band, Tim Laughlin, Soul Rebels, Treme Brass Band, Leah Chase, James Andrews, Lars Edegran's New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park programming for kids, & more!
Join us Fri., Sat. & Sun. during the festival for free seminars & discussions, featuring a host of speakers, including recording industry icon George Avakian (Armstrong's producer & friend); Michael Cogswell of the Armstrong House & Archives; noted Armstrong scholar and winner of multiple Grammy Awards Dan Morgenstern; writer and Armstrong film collector Ricky Riccardi; Yoshio Toyoma, aka 'Satchmo of Japan,' who also performs with his Dixie Saints; & many other sessions with educational & entertaining speakers who knew or were inspired by Louis Armstrong.
Special Events: Louis Armstrong Birthday Party, Satchmo Art Show, kids' activities and entertainment, Sunday morning Jazz Mass at historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade, a Trumpet Tribute to close the festival, the Satchmo Club Strut, & more!
Food & Drinks: Featuring Abita - 'the local beer for the locals' festival' - Plum Street Snoballs, and 'Red Bean Alley' - New Orleans restaurants serving up fabulous New Orleans cuisine and dishes that Louis Armstrong loved.