Jazz history comes to life in Corona
Louis Armstrong was one of the most recognizable entertainers in the world when he chose the working-class neighborhood of Corona, Queens to be his home in 1943. We preserve Louis and Lucille’s home, now a historic site and world-class museum. We also provide access to Mr. Armstrong’s extensive archives, and develop programs for the public that educate and inspire. Visit us when we re-open to see how Louis Armstrong lived!
Until we re-open, our mission lives on, online.
Welcome to Armstrong At Home virtual programs:
NEW! The Living Room – Artists in Conversation. This installment from the Living Room Series is “She Just Sends Me All Over” Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, featuring the filmmakers from the documentary Billie as well as vocalists Jazzmeia Horn, José James, and Catherine Russell and writer Naomi Extra.
NEW! The Real Ambassadors in Concert – Dave and Iola Brubeck’s album originally conceived for Louis Armstrong as Ambassador Satch.
NEW: Voices of Freedom – An education series that explores the role of art as a vehicle for social change through the lens of Louis Armstrong.
That’s My Home – Curated Archive Stories Featured in the Washington Post! New stories arrive regularly.
Armstrong Now – Contemporary artists inspired by Armstrong’s life and legacy
Education: Pops is Tops!
Education: Cultural After School Adventure (CASA)
Exhibits: Here to stay curated by Jason Moran
Archives: All Access Collection
Community: Docent Virtual Meet-ups
A musical Immortal
The 20th century produced no shortage of legendary instrumentalists and vocalists but Louis Armstrong is the only figure who completely changed the way people played music on their instruments and he completely changed the way people sang. Perfecting the concept of the improvised solo, popularizing the use of scat singing, defining the concept of swing–those are just some of the ways Louis Armstrong changed jazz, and American popular music–during his lifetime.
The bottom line of
any country in the world is
‘What did we contribute to the world?’