If you are into Jazz music, have we got a festival for you! One of our favorite events of the year, and a favorite of guests at our New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, will kick off next week in the French Quarter. Satchmo SummerFest, a multi-day celebration of the music and life of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, runs from on August 4-7, 2011. And August 4 just happens to be the exact day 110 years ago that the King of Jazz was born. His life began in a poor, run-down section of New Orleans to an unwed mother. But by the time of his death at age 70, he had completely revamped American pop music and showcased it to the world. Satchmo SummerFest, in its 10th year, is a tribute and highlight of summer in the city that the great one always called home.
The festival features four days of music – with a focus on jazz – plus educational music history seminars and other Louis Armstrong tribute events. Scheduled concerts on the grounds around the Old U.S. Mint will delight visitors and locals, a sure reminder to everyone that New Orleans was where jazz began. The cadre of participating musicians is “local,” representing some of the best talent New Orleans has to offer. As Innkeepers, we try to get out to one or more of the concerts. Our guests make all of them.
Add plenty of great New Orleans food, arts and handicrafts to the mix and you have the recipe for a lively festival that celebrates the joys of music and good times.
We heard through the grapevine that this year’s musical lineup includes many well-known names. A must see are 100 year old trumpeter Lionel Ferbos; drummer Jason Marsalis; trumpeters Kermit Ruffins, Shamarr Allen, Jeremy Davenport, Glenn David Andrews and Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown; and vocalist Leah Chase. Brass bands include Treme, Soul Rebels, Hot 8 and the Preservation Hall All Stars. For a complete list of performers and the schedule of when they are performing go to www.fqfi.org. And for a complete seminar schedule click here.
If you are not familiar with the life and times of the man, you can click here to read a more detailed biography of Louis “Satchmo” Armstong.
The Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast still has rooms available for the festival week. Go to our website for more detail or call toll free 800-490-8542 and ask for Satchmo rates.