The Global Ambassadors Program of the Louis Armstrong House Museum brings historians, artists, and young people across the globe in conversation with Armstrong’s dynamic legacy.
Louis Armstrong was a music and cultural icon who traveled the globe sharing his music. He toured more than 60 countries playing for heads of state, royalty, and jazz fans everywhere. The Museum is committed to honoring that legacy and bringing the message of Louis Armstrong to audiences worldwide. Engagements include in-person and virtual exchanges through the U.S. Embassy network and through government-led or private cultural institutions. Interested in bringing the Louis Armstrong House Museum to your country? Let us know!
Here are some examples of the Global Ambassadors Program at work:
Honoring Louis Armstrong in Bahrain
In 1956, the State Department asked Louis Armstrong and other jazz luminaries to travel the world as cultural ambassadors. In February 2023, in honor of Black History Month, the U.S. State Department Art in Embassies Program and the U.S. Embassay in Bahrain invited our Executive Director, Regina Bain, to deliver a series of presentations on Jazz Ambassador Louis Armstrong. Ms. Bain spoke at the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research as the guest of Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, founder. She also spoke at the home of Ambassador Bondy, at local schools and more.
Pina Bausch and the Frank Sinatra High School
In 2022, the Museum engaged with the Pina Bausch Dance Company, based in Wuppertal, Germany, for a series of cultural exchanges between students at the Frank Sinatra High School in Queens, New York, and schools in Wuppertal. The Nelken Line choreography by Pina Bausch features Armstrong’s West End Blues and is performed by dance companies around the world. When the Pina Bausch company performs at BAM in Brooklyn, the students of Frank Sinatra will be in attendance.
The Real Ambassadors in Concert
The Real Ambassadors, was written by Dave and Iola Brubeck. It celebrates Armstrong as America’s first Cultural Ambassador. The jazz musical addressed racism in America, the music business, and the power of music to bring us all together. Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Real Ambassadors album, in 2021, the Museum staged a performance of The Real Ambassadors in collaboration with the Forum for Cultural Engagement through the U.S. Embassy of Moscow and accompanied by virtual education workshops for high school students in Russia. The performances took place in the homes of both Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck. Watch it now.