New Orleans to honor Satchmo

NEW ORLEANS -- The Satchmo Summer Fest will be held here Aug. 4 and 5 to honor the 100th birthday of the late legendary jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader Louis Armstrong.

Satchmo was the best known of many affectionate nicknames Armstrong accumulated over the years.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place at the Old U.S. Mint. Sponsored by the Louisiana Office of Tourism and the Louisiana State Museum, the festival will include performances, lectures and seminars as well as a parade, interviews with musicians who played with Armstrong and a jazz mass at St. Augustine Church.

Armstrong, who died in 1971, was born in New Orleans on Aug. 4, 1901. Raised in the city's slums, he overcame poverty, a lack of formal education and racism to become one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the 20th century.

The event is being organized by the French Quarter Festivals Inc., which produces the annual French Quarter Festival, to be held this year from April 20 to 22.

For further information, call the group at (800) 673-5725 or visit its Web site at www.frenchquarterfestivals.org.

The Satchmo Summer Fest will be preceded Aug. 3 and 4 by the Louis Armstrong Centennial Symposium, also at the Old U.S. Mint. It will include lectures and end with a concert. Harry Connick Jr. will be among the performers. The symposium is sponsored by the University of New Orleans and other foundations.

For further information and registration, call UNO Conference Services at (800) 258-8830.

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