Finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service!

Scroll down to learn about the National Medal, and to see exhibition, house tour, concert, education and community events in the coming month, like this one happening soon:

Open for Tours

The historic Armstrong home is open for tours by advance registration, Thursdays through Saturdays. Advanced ticket sales required. Group tours available. Purchase tickets and find more details here.

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.

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that Louis Armstrong House Museum is among 30 finalists for the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The winners will be announced in June. Fingers crossed! Learn more about the National Medal!

The Armstrong Center

The new Louis Armstrong Center is thriving! Opened this past July, check out this “Year in Review Gallery.”

Spring/Summer | Event Calendar

GALA 2024

On June 25, 2024, we will honor our Chair Emeritus, Jerry Chazen, at the Louis Armstrong House Museum Gala. Details here.

JAZZ ROOM CONCERT

TICKETS HERE!

Date: May 23

Time: 5:00pm, show starts promptly at the hour 

Location: LAHM Jazz Room, 34-49 107th St, Queens, NY 11368, United States

Dexter Stanley-Tauvao is a Sāmoan jazz drummer, composer and educator from Aotearoa, New Zealand. A current Fulbright Scholar, he is completing his Master’s Degree at Queens College under the tutelage of professors Dennis Mackrel, David Berkman, Michael Philip Mossman and Antonio Hart. Dexter has performed alongside jazz artists such as Antonio Hart, George Coleman, Rufus Reid and Alex Sipiagin, and is an on-call roster member of Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in New York. His career has taken him across New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Germany, Samoa and the USA.

He’s bringing the Asian Pacific Jazz Orchestra, a brand-new project of his conception. The program features the music of Te Vaka, the band behind Disney’s Grammy Award-winning film Moana, as well as originals and arrangements by Sāmoan band leader, Dexter Stanley-Tauvao. The concert will
also fulfil the core goal of the APJO to present new music by Asian and Pacific Island jazz composers. This includes commissioned works, originals written by members of the orchestra, and an arrangement of a work by Matatumua Dr. Opeloge Ah Sam, a mentor to Dexter and a leading pioneer of Polynesian jazz.

ARMSTRONG NOW SIGNATURE

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Celebrate International Tap Dance Day in style as the sensational Michela Marino Lerman takes center stage at the Louis Armstrong Center Jazz Room, May 25th at 3:00 pm.

Michela has had the honor of working with many legends like Anna Deavere Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones, Jon Batiste, Roy Hargrove, Steve McQueen and more. She very proudly, was mentored by some of the masters of tap dance including Gregory Hines, Buster Brown, Leroy Myers, Peg Leg Bates, Marion Coles, Jeni LeGon and Mable Lee. The Huffington Post has called her a “hurricane of rhythm” and the NY Times has called her both a “prodigy” and has described her dancing as “flashes of brilliance.” Quincy Jones has called her an “absolute tap dancing star who knows her roots.” She is also the only female honorary member of the legendary tap dance fraternity, The Copasetics. 

Secure your tickets now for our tap dance extravaganza that will transport you to a world where the language of dance speaks louder than words. TICKETS HERE!

 

BOOK TALK

Date: May 30th, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: The Jazz Room of the Louis Armstrong Center

FREE TICKETS

We are thrilled to announce that author Larry Tye will be joining us to discuss his captivating new book: “The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America.” Let’s explore the transformative power of jazz with Tye as he explores the lives and legacies of three iconic figures who reshaped the American cultural landscape.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to:

🎺 Gain insights into the lives of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie

🎶 Engage in a lively discussion with Larry Tye

📖 Discover the rich history and influence of jazz music

🎤 Participate in a Q&A session with the author

This event is free and open to all jazz enthusiasts, book lovers, and curious minds alike. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

SAVE THE DATE: COMMUNITY JUSTICE ARTS EVENT

As part of Louis and Lucille’s legacy, the museum hosts and features events that reflect Armstrong’s story and our community, including home ownership, education, and incarceration.

Save the date: May 30th at 4:00 at the Armstrong Center

Welcome to Ritual4Return!

Within the genre of artivism theater, we invite you to join us on a journey of heightened emotional drama and profound introspection as we deeply engage with the lives of our masked-face characters (returning citizens). As you witness the trials and tribulations they face in an ordinary, seemingly common subway occurrence, you’ll find mirrors reflecting your own struggles and challenges, offering an opportunity to address your deepest fears and vulnerabilities. Let us embrace artivism theater, where storytelling converges with healing to create moments of forgiveness and redemption, in our captivating new performance, “We Wear The Mask: Underground Stories For Returning Citizens.”

BOOK TALK

Join us for an engaging afternoon as Maxine Gordon, author of “Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon,” provides insights into the remarkable journey of the legendary tenor saxophonist. In conversation with our Director of Research Collections, Ricky Riccardi, Maxine will delve into Dexter’s time in Louis Armstrong’s Orchestra in 1944, offering captivating stories and rare audio and video clips from the Archives of Louis Armstrong and Dexter Gordon performing together.

Date: June 7th, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Louis Armstrong Center Jazz Room, Corona Queens

Discover Dexter Gordon’s profound impact on jazz history and experience his music in a profound and intimate way. Reserve your spot today for this unique opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Dexter Gordon and explore the rich history of jazz. Reserve your spot here!

FILMS IN THE GARDEN

Join us for a captivating evening under the stars as The Louis Armstrong House Museum, in collaboration with AMC Networks and Council Member Francisco Moya, presents “ROOFTOP FILMS: ONE HAND DON’T CLAP” on June 11, 2024, at 7:30 PM in the Louis Armstrong House Garden.

7:30 PM: Program Begins
8:00 PM: Live Music Performance
8:30 PM: Screening of “ONE HAND DON’T CLAP”
10:00 PM: Q&A Session

Film Synopsis: “One Hand Don’t Clap” by Kavery Dutta Kaul | US | 92 minutes

One Hand Don’t Clap captures the vibrant story of calypso and the emergence of soca, through the eyes of two legendary artists, Lord Kitchener, the Grandmaster of the music and Calypso Rose, the first woman to break through in a traditionally male arena. Forging onscreen the connections between American communities and where families come from, the documentary leads audiences from New York recording studies to the awesome magic of Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago. The film features artists across the 20th century whose songs reflect regional and global themes that continue to resonate. The many generations in One Hand Don’t Clap trace the evolution of a musical style whose infectious rhythms and exhilarating irreverence have found their way to ever-broadening audiences worldwide.

Reserve your spot now!

THE FIRST GARDEN CONCERT OF THE SUMMER!: Celebrating Juneteenth

Reserve Tickets Here! We will celebrate Juneteenth as a LAHM community with Wycliffe Gordon in the Armstrong Garden on Saturday, June 15th.  We are also celebrating as part of a community of New York cultural institutions across the city. The list of 2024 cultural events celebrating Juneteenth is coming soon! Learn More!

Community

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That’s My Home

That’s My Home – Curated Archive Stories  New stories arrive regularly.

 

And More!

The Louis Armstrong House Museum digital guide. Explore more of the life and career of Louis Armstrong from anywhere, anytime with the Louis Armstrong House Museum digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. Explore this guide before or after your visit! Download the Bloomberg Connects App.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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