We are reopening!
Thank you to everyone who has called us to check in throughout the pandemic and who have donated to us to keep us going. We are so pleased to announce that we are reopening for tours, in-person performances and events.
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, develop programs for the public that educate and inspire and host performances with multi-disciplinary artists from around the world.
On Saturday, July 10th, we re-opened our doors with a Block Party sponsored by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Thank you to everyone who came out!
Photos by Jordan Ji
In addition to our in-person tours, concerts and community gatherings, our mission also lives online.
Welcome to Armstrong At Home virtual programs:
NEW! Pops is Tops 2021 – Our longest running program, check out this free children’s concert that’s great for adults too!
NEW! That’s My Home – Curated Archive Stories We recently surpassed 100,000 views! New stories arrive regularly.
Voices of Freedom – An education series that explores the role of art as a vehicle for social change through the lens of Louis Armstrong.
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.
The Real Ambassadors in Concert – Dave and Iola Brubeck’s album originally conceived for Louis Armstrong as Ambassador Satch.
Armstrong Now – Contemporary artists inspired by Armstrong’s life and legacy
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?’