Monday, April 22, 2013

International Jazz Day event, April 30th, NYC area

Hey, gang, I'm passing on this invitation from Howard Mandel, President of the Jazz Journalists Association, for those folks who will be in the NYC area on April 30th, International Jazz Day:

It's just one week until International Jazz Day and we want to invite you to the special Jazz Day event the Jazz Journalists Association is co-hosting that day, April 30, with the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York. This event is free and open to all. If you can't make it, please tell your friends. (We know some of you aren't in the area, but just in case you might be nearby on April 30, we want to make sure all our friends get an invitation. And please read on for information on some celebrations in other areas.)

We've got some wonderful things planned for the Louis Armstrong House/JJA celebration:

  • a premiere of newly-discovered Louis Armstrong recordings from 1961, presented by Armstrong House Museum archivist Ricky Riccardi and distinguished jazz critic Dan Morgenstern (who was there when they were recorded)
  • a trumpet fanfare composed just for the occasion by trumpeter/ composer/ performance artist Stephanie Richards which she'll perform with fellow New York trumpeters Jeremy Pelt, David Weiss and Igmar Thomas.
  • a reading of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Proclamation of International Jazz Day in NYC
  • a soul-food reception
This free and open-to-all event starts at
2pm on Tues April 30
and will be held at the
The Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center
10001 Northern Boulevard, Corona (Queens) NY 11368
(The Center is just a short walk from the Junction Boulevard or 103rd St. Corona Plaza stops on the 7 Subway line.)
The newly-unearthed Armstrong recordings were made at a 1961 performance at Freedomland, a fabled although short-lived Bronx amusement park. They were recently donated to the Museum by the son of Freedomland sound engineer Peter Denis. They have never been circulated or issued, and are not listed in jazz discographies. (More information about the recordings and presentation.)
Following the presentation, the Jazz Journalists Association and Armstrong House Museum will toast Louis Armstrong at a special soul food reception to mark the finale of the JJA's JazzApril media campaign in support of Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day.
We really hope you can make it, it's shaping up to be a wonderful event. If you plan to come please RSVP by calling the Louis Armstrong House Museum at 718-478-8274.

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