WE WON THE NATIONAL MEDAL!

Scroll down to learn about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, and to see exhibition, house tour, concert, education and community events in the coming month.

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, a federal organization, announced today that the Louis Armstrong House Museum is a winner of the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service! There were 10 winners in total, 5 libraries and 5 museums across the nation. We are thankful to our community for the decades of support that have led to this award. Learn more about the National Medal!

Summer | Event Calendar

Trumpet Discovery Day! 2024

On June 22, come learn inside stories of Louis off-stage, about his music and friends, visit his house, and enjoy a first-hand experience with the trumpet led by a stellar jazz artist in New York City!

This fun two-hour long program has been created for kids 8-14 years-old who wish to play the instrument. All levels are welcome. Registration is mandatory to participate. Complete your registration form here

GALA 2024

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

 

Free Concerts in Queens Parks this Summer!

We’ve partnered with Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Flushing Town Hall, and the Queens Parks Department for free concerts in the parks! See you there!

FREE! No reservation required—just show up to the specific Queens park!

Experience the vibrant legacy of jazz in the heart of Queens this summer! The Queens Jazz Trail Concert Series takes you on a musical journey through the borough’s rich jazz heritage, where legends like Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and scores of others once called home.

Inspired by the iconic Queens Jazz Trail Map, the series brings this rich history to life in our community parks. Join us for a series of five Thursday evening concerts, each set against the backdrop of Queens’ beautiful parks. These FREE outdoor performances celebrate the past, present, and future of jazz, showcasing talented musicians and honoring the borough’s legendary artists.

THU, JUN 27, 7 PM: Archie Spigner Park, Jamaica – Antonio Hart Quartet
THU, JUL 25, 7 PM: Travers Park, Jackson Heights – Salcedo’s Latin Soul
THU, AUG 15, 7 PM: Rockaway Beach, Far Rockaway – Samuel Martinelli Brazilian Jazz
THU, AUG 29, 6 PM: Baisley Pond Park, Jamaica – Funkin’ for Jamaica
THU, SEP 5, 6 PM: Astoria Park, Astoria – George Gee Swing Orchestra

FREE! No reservation required—just show up! Stay Tuned for more artist announcements!

Come early! The first 100 attendees will receive a newly printed Queens Jazz Trail Map!

Check out the details!

Queens Theater – Louis Armstrong at the World’s Fair!

June 30

3:00 PM in the Claire Shulman Theater
Tickets: $17 (includes ticket fees)

Tickets at Queens Theater Here!

At the Queens Theater in Flushing Meadows Park, experience a spectacular concert celebrating the timeless music and legacy of Louis Armstrong in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of his iconic concert at the World’s Fair. Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings will take the stage, showcasing their exceptional talent and deep passion for Louis Armstrong’s music.

Gotham Kings is a high energy immersive jazz experience! Two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter, Alphonso Horne has put together an all star band that weaves the sound of New Orleans, Funk, Jazz, and Hip Hop to bring a celebratory spirit that uplifts every room they play. Inspired by the music of King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Gotham Kings uses the virtuosity of the young Louis Armstrong and innovative genius of King Oliver to take you on a journey of sound that encompasses the history of the trumpet and the story of jazz through rags, stomps, shouts and funk! The band has played in venues including Newport, Aspen, and Caramoor Jazz Festival, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many more! Individually, members of the Gotham Kings have compiled a diverse resume of collaborations with top artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, The Colbert Show and more!

Tickets at Queens Theater Here!

July 4th Birthday Party!

See Events page for more details.

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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