Two Events At Flushing Meadows Corona Park Celebrate The 50TH Anniversary of “Louis Armstrong Day” at the 1964 World’s Fair:
“Louis Armstrong International Music Festival.”
A New Music Festival Presented Alongside Louis Armstrong House Museum & Queens Museum Opening of Armstrong Photo Installation.
“Ambassador Satchmo at the World’s FairCelebrating 50 Years.”
Free, Sunday, June 29th from 1pm to 7pm.
Fifty years after the 1964 World’s Fair officially named June 30, 1964 “Louis Armstrong Day, which included a performance with the Corona-based jazz great at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the park will be home to the inaugural Louis Armstrong International Music Festival, Sunday, June 29th, 1-7pm.
The same day, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Queens Museum will celebrate the opening of a photo exhibit, “Ambassador Satchmo at the World’s FairCelebrating 50 Years” with a concert by Catherine Russell.
The 1964 concert by Armstrong and his All-Stars took place in the Singer Bowl, later renamed the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The outdoor Louis Armstrong International Music Festival will take place just yards away, featuring live music, dancing, and a food truck rally near the Unisphere. Inside the Queens Museum, photos and more live music will celebrate Armstrong’s cultural legacy.
About The Louis Armstrong International Music Festival.
From 1pm to 7pm on Sunday, June 29, this free concert, produced by Kupferberg Center for the Arts/Queens College, will take place at the fairgrounds near the Unisphere. The music chosen will reflect the wide listening tastes of Louis Armstrong, and the culturally diverse citizens of Queens. More info at kupferbergcenter.org/armstrongfest.
Featuring musical performances by:
• Headlining: The multi Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer Albita (Albita Rodríguez).
• The Jon Faddis Quartet, led by trumpeter Jon Faddis, a “trumpeter [of] Herculean feats” who is “among the most accomplished jazz trumpet players on the scene today.” Time Out New York.
• Junoon with Salman Ahmad, “In Pakistan…a figure like Bono of U2: a positive-thinking, hugely popular rock musician whose songs address both spiritual and social questions.” The New York Times.
• David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, “One of the most consistently dazzling tickets on the scene.” Time Out.
Jeffrey Rosenstock, Assistant Vice President of External and Government Relations at Queens College, said, “Armstrong is in many ways the quintessential cultural ambassador for Queens. He’ s become an icon whose large-hearted spirit and legacy of promoting listening to ‘all kinds of music’ are as worth rejoicing over as his music. With this festival, we’re going to celebrate all three.”
The Louis Armstrong International Music Festival is presented by Kupferberg Center for the Arts/Queens College and is made possible through the generosity of CUNY and support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
About Ambassador Satchmo at the World’s FairCelebrating 50 Years:
At the Queens Museum on Sunday, June 29, the Louis Armstrong House Museum will present a 4pm Jazz Soiree with Catherine Russell. Will Friedwald writing in Wall Street Journal, calls the Grammy Award winning Russell “one of the outstanding singers of our time.”
The concert kicks off Ambassador Satchmo at the World’s FairCelebrating 50 Years, an installation of never-before published photographs of Armstrong at the World’s Fair taken by the trumpeter’s close friend and personal photographer, Jack Bradley. Further details at louisarmstronghouse.org.
Michael Cogswell, Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, which is administered by Queens College, said, “Louis famously said, ‘I’m here in the cause of happiness.’ That’s the spirit that we strive to maintain at the Museum every day, and the spirit we’ll be bringing to Flushing Meadows Corona Park on the 29th.”
Louis Armstrong at the Worlds FairCelebrating 50 Years is co-presented by the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Queens Museum. Major funding for the Louis Armstrong House Museum is provided by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.