Posted on: Jun 12, 2011 -- Last updated on: Jun 12, 2011
"What A Wonderful World" Book Party
Sunday, June 26, 2-4pm. Reservation required.
Armstrong fans and jazz lovers are invited to come celebrate the much-anticipated Armstrong biography written by today’s top Armstrong scholar, Ricky Riccardi. Encountering prejudice on the road while often called an Uncle Tom for playing to segregated crowds, Louis Armstrong faced a complex reality as both artist and entertainer, on the road and at home in Queens, New York City. In What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years Riccardi channels Armstrong's experience through use of Armstrong's home-recorded tapes, on which Armstrong talks frankly about racism, prejudice and life on the road. Terry Teachout, author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, says of Riccardi’s book that “the story of Armstrong’s later years is the great untold story of postwar jazz. Now Ricky Riccardi has told it to perfection.”
Come enjoy Armstrong’s garden for a “What a Wonderful World” Book Party and be greeted by Armstrong’s story as told by Ricky Riccardi.
Tickets to the party are $35 ($25 for museum members) and include an autographed book, a guided tour of the Armstrong House and refreshments!