The Louis Armstrong House Museum proudly welcomes back the York College Summer Jazz Program and their big band sound to Louis’s garden on Sunday, August 4th at 2pm. This annual concert showcases outstanding high school musicians from all five boroughs. It’s a free concert celebrating Louis Armstrong’s birthday. And, there will be cake!
This concert is part of the museum’s Summer With Satchmo program schedule. The museum will also feature the Peter & Will Anderson Sextet on Saturday, August 17th at 2pm; tickets are $18. The museum’s Jazzmobile Block Party is the grand finale of the summer season. The party shuts down 107th street in front of the museum on Tuesday, August 20th beginning at 4pm. It’s a free event. The great Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet will perform. There will be craft workshops for kids and their grown-ups beginning at 4pm. Complete details can be found at LouisArmstrongHouse.org.
About the York College Summer Jazz Program:
Now in its ninth year, the York College Summer Jazz Program (SJP) is a tuition-free, audition-only jazz performance program for upper-level high school students attending New York City public schools made possible by College Now / CUNY. Students study for six weeks on campus in a near-professional big band environment and receive training and mentoring from professional jazz musicians. Private lessons are available to all students and all the supplies necessary (books, etc.) for the program, including lunch vouchers and an MTA card are provided without cost. Upon successful completion, students receive five college credits that are transferrable to most college-level institutions. After SJP, qualified alumni are invited to return to York College on Saturday afternoons as members of the York College Blue Notes. The York College Blue Notes have performed all over the city including Minton’s Playhouse, the birthplace of bebop and were finalists for three years in the Charles Mingus High School Competition. Graduates of the York College Blue Notes have been accepted to colleges such as Berklee College of Music, City College, Hunter College, Long Island University, The New School, Queens College, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Purchase, Temple University, and York College.
About the Louis Armstrong House Museum:
The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th Street in Queens, New York. The museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. Travel directions and more at LouisArmstrongHouse.org or 718.478.8274.
Currently on Exhibit: Swingin’ with the All Stars: Louis Armstrong & Baseball now through August 31st and is free with museum admission.
Parking is available in the neighborhood and the museum is accessible by subway via the 7 train.
Thanks to the vision and funding of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the Louis Armstrong House Museum welcomes visitors from all over the world, six days per week, 52 weeks per year.