All sessions except Keynote to be held in the third floor auditorium at the Old U. S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue.
$65 per person
Keynote Address 7:00 p.m.
‘Our Love is Here to Stay’: Louis Armstrong through the Centuries. Today, Louis Armstrong is properly revered as an American Cultural icon. Satchmo SummerFest, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum are merely three indicators of this reverence. But it wasn't always so. In this keynote address, Michael Cogswell, Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City, explores perceptions of Armstrong throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century and beyond. The address includes rare and unique images and recordings from the Museum's collections.
Jazz educator, historian and Gully Low Jazz Band leader and tuba man David Ostwald interviews NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern about his long friendship with Louis Armstrong – with key points in their conversation enhanced by audio and images supplied by Armstrong House archivist and jazz scholar Ricky Riccardi.
Trumpeter and custom trumpet designer and builder Jason Harrelson of Harrelson Trumpets - talks about the trumpets and mouthpieces used by Louis Armstrong – and how Jason believes they affected Armstrong’s sound. Jason has played the trumpet for years and founded Harrelson Trumpets when he was just twenty years old. He started by modifying student horns and selling them to friends. Harrelson then began to offer custom modifications for a few select customers, and his reputation grew. Jason is known for bringing new technology and exciting designs to his instruments.
Library of Congress archivist and outstanding jazz trombonist David Sager presents a multi-media examination of the seminal role and continued importance of the early recordings of the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, which featured Louis Armstrong as second cornet, in his first recorded performances.
If ever there was a medium invented for Louis Armstrong, it was television. In his years studying the trumpeter, Ricky Riccardi has amassed a large collection of Armstrong's television appearances, including rare treasures from Armstrong's many visits to television talk shows. Join him for this special session as he screens some footage unseen since it was originally broadcast.
Louis Armstrong House Museum Director Michael Cogswell interviews Armstrong House Museum board member and businessman Stephen Maitland-Lewis about his long friendship with Louis Armstrong - which began when Stephen was a youngster in the UK.
Critically acclaimed British music writer and producer Richard Havers - and jazz pianist, archivist and historian Ricky Riccardi – who collaborated on last year’s widely praised ‘Satchmo: Louis Armstrong – Ambassador of Jazz’ 10-cd boxed set retrospective of Louis Armstrong’s recording career - discuss Universal's forthcoming digital-only set of previously unreleased Armstrong material. The new recordings are being released in honor of the 2012 Satchmo SummerFest.
New Orleans guitarist and banjoist Seva Venet and a 5 piece string band present an ‘informance’ about the impact of New Orleans string bands – and Hawaiian music - on early jazz and the music of Louis Armstrong.
In his years as America's "Ambassador of Goodwill," Louis Armstrong enjoyed a special relationship with his European fans. Join Ricky Riccardi, author of ‘What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years,’ as he screens rare Armstrong performances from the 1930s through the 1960s, filmed in Denmark, Germany, Amsterdam, England and more.
Jazz historian John McCusker talks about the influence of trombonist Kid Ory on the development of Louis Armstrong in New Orleans, and their relationship, which stretched from 1913 until Satchmo’s death in 1971. John McCusker’s biography of Kid Ory, ‘Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz’ will be published by the University Press of Mississippi on October 2, 2012.
Tulane University Director of Special Collections and Hogan Jazz Archive Curator Bruce Raeburn talks about his recent book ‘New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History’ with award-winning radio producer and interviewer Fred Kasten.
Armstrong House Trustee, attorney, and band leader David Ostwald interviews NEA Jazz Master and legendary producer George Avakian about his remarkable recording sessions with Louis Armstrong - with key points in their conversation enhanced by audio and images supplied by jazz archivist and Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi.
British writer and producer Richard Havers shares great anecdotes about Satchmo ‘across the pond’ – touching on Louis Armstrong’s tours of England in the 1930’s and post WWII.
Throughout his long career, Louis Armstrong appeared in over 30 major feature films. Louis Armstrong House Museum Archivist Ricky Riccardi will screen some highlights from Armstrong's film career, from well-known Hollywood blockbusters like "High Society" and "The Five Pennies" to rarely seen entries such as "Satchmo the Great" and the European film "Saluti e Baci."