Louis Armstrong House Museum

Louis Armstrong House Museum Louis Armstrong House Museum, a National Historic Landmark and a New York City Landmark, is open to the public six days a week. For more information on visiting and events, please visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org
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The second post in our series on condolence letters Lucille Armstrong received after Louis's passing focuses on musician...
07/23/2021
“God, How I Loved That Man”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 2

The second post in our series on condolence letters Lucille Armstrong received after Louis's passing focuses on musicians and those in the music world. Includes dozens of examples including correspondence from Frank Assunto, Bill Coleman, Lee Wiley, Robert Merrill, Tyree Glenn, Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams, John Hammond, Ray Conniff and many more.

https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/07/22/god-how-i-loved-that-man-lucille-armstrongs-condolence-letters-part-2/

Last week, we began a new series of posts sharing some of the thousands of condolence letters Lucille Armstrong received after the passing of Louis on July 6, 1971. That post centered on contributi…

We’re back! Thanks to those who came to the Louis Armstrong House Museum for our reopening. Here’s some photos from toda...
07/22/2021

We’re back! Thanks to those who came to the Louis Armstrong House Museum for our reopening. Here’s some photos from today, including the first group we welcomed back since March 2020. Want to come to the Museum? Book a tour in advance at http://lahmtours.eventbrite.com/

Read more about our new protocols here: https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/visit/

WE’RE BACK! The Louis Armstrong House Museum is thrilled to announce that we are reopening for tours again starting tomo...
07/21/2021
Guided Historic House Tour

WE’RE BACK! The Louis Armstrong House Museum is thrilled to announce that we are reopening for tours again starting tomorrow, July 22!

Things will be a bit different than the last time we were open in March 2020. Tickets must be now purchased in advance and tours will only be offered Thursday through Saturday. Tours will begin every 30 minutes and will have a limit of four visitors per tour. First tour begins at 11:30 a.m. Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m. You can book your tour in advance on EventBrite at http://lahmtours.eventbrite.com/

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our staff and visitors, we will adhere to strict social distancing policies and all attendees will be required to wear a mask at all times when inside the Historic House and the Garden.

For more information on our reopening protocols and procedures, please check our website at https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/visit/

Can’t wait to welcome you back to the Armstrong House—Pops Is Tops!

Tour the historic home of Louis and Lucille Armstrong. Hear archival clips and discover the story of a global icon at home in Queens.

On this date in 1929, Louis Armstrong recorded “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” one of his first big crossover hits! Here’s the orig...
07/19/2021

On this date in 1929, Louis Armstrong recorded “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” one of his first big crossover hits! Here’s the original ad, as found in one of Louis’s scrapbooks, and here’s audio of it in stunning sound quality, as remastered from an original metal master by Nick Dellow: https://youtu.be/4-Y9NcqUHY4

On this date in 1929, Louis Armstrong recorded “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” one of his first big crossover hits! Here’s the original ad, as found in one of Louis’s scrapbooks, and here’s audio of it in stunning sound quality, as remastered from an original metal master by Nick Dellow: https://youtu.be/4-Y9NcqUHY4

After Louis Armstrong's passing, Lucille Armstrong received thousands of condolence letters from around the world. This ...
07/16/2021
“He Will Be Missed. But Above All, He Will Be Remembered”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 1

After Louis Armstrong's passing, Lucille Armstrong received thousands of condolence letters from around the world. This is the first of a multi-part series where we'll be sharing some of the letters Lucille received, including those from Bing Crosby, Coretta Scott King, President Richard Nixon and many more.
https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/07/16/he-will-be-missed-but-above-all-he-will-be-remembered-lucille-armstrongs-condolence-letters-part-1/

It’s been over a month since we began telling the story of Louis Armstrong’s final weeks in great detail (see all posts here) and after last week’s look at his funeral, one would …

We’re still basking in the afterglow of our sensational Block Party last weekend, sponsored by the @louisarmstrongfounda...
07/15/2021

We’re still basking in the afterglow of our sensational Block Party last weekend, sponsored by the @louisarmstrongfoundation ! We are so thankful that so many city and government officials joined us for the Block Party, including Assembly Member Jeff Aubry, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Council Member Francisco Moya, Queens College President Frank Wu, Armstrong House Board Chair Jerry Chazen, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Kay Shaw of Fund II Foundation, Community Board Member Giovanna Reid and all the wonderful musicians and attendees who made it a day to remember!

Photos by Jordan Ji @fishingthesea

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Pops began recording the iconic album “Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy” on this date in 1954! In case you missed it, h...
07/12/2021
“They’re My Tops”: The Making of “Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy”

Pops began recording the iconic album “Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy” on this date in 1954! In case you missed it, here’s our Virtual Exhibit on the album, including audio of Louis practicing, session photos, reproductions of sheet music and much more!

https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/04/27/theyre-my-tops-the-making-of-louis-armstrong-plays-w-c-handy/

Louis Armstrong made dozens of albums in the long-playing era but for many–including Louis himself–one stands out above all others: 1954’s Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy, recor…

07/11/2021
Louis Armstrong House Museum Block Party!

A taste of our Block Party yesterday, featuring the joyous sounds of Calvin Johnson’s Native Son getting everyone in the Garden up to dance to “When the Saints Go Marching”! Big thanks to the Louis Armstrong Foundation for sponsoring the event and to all the wonderful folks who made it such a special day!

The funeral of Louis Armstrong took place 50 years ago today. Our latest Virtual Exhibit has it covered from every angle...
07/09/2021
“Move Over Gabriel, Because Here Comes Satchmo”: The Funeral of Louis Armstrong

The funeral of Louis Armstrong took place 50 years ago today. Our latest Virtual Exhibit has it covered from every angle, including newspaper coverage, rare photographs, the complete Voice of America radio broadcast of the service and a televised CBS tribute to Louis that aired on July 9, 1971, hosted by Walter Cronkite and featuring reminisces by Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hackett, Tyree Glenn, Budd Johnson, Earl Hines, Milt Hinton, Buddy Rich and Peggy Lee reminiscing about Louis. If you love Pops, you're not going to want to miss this one: https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/07/09/move-over-gabriel-because-here-comes-satchmo-the-funeral-of-louis-armstrong/

The funeral of Louis Armstrong took place 50 years ago today. In our last post, we introduced Phoebe Jacobs, who showed up after Louis passed away to help Lucille Armstrong get in touch with the me…

One of the most monumental moments of Louis Armstrong's life occurred 99 years ago today: he left New Orleans to join Ki...
07/08/2021

One of the most monumental moments of Louis Armstrong's life occurred 99 years ago today: he left New Orleans to join King Oliver's band in Chicago! In the 1947 "Esquire Jazz Book," Armstrong contributed an article titled, "Chicago, Chicago, That Toddlin' Town: How King and Ol' Satch Dug It in the Twenties." In it, he wrote, "I arrived in Chicago about eleven o'clock the night of July 8th, 1922, I'll never forget it, at the Illinois Central Station at Twelfth and Michigan Avenue." In later years, Armstrong did forget and gave the date as August 8 but New Orleans writer James Karst has proved Armstrong was right the first time and arrived in Chicago on July 8, 1922 to join Oliver's band at the Lincoln Gardens. Here's a photo of Armstrong and Oliver from around that period. Music has never been the same since Armstrong arrived....

One of the most monumental moments of Louis Armstrong's life occurred 99 years ago today: he left New Orleans to join King Oliver's band in Chicago! In the 1947 "Esquire Jazz Book," Armstrong contributed an article titled, "Chicago, Chicago, That Toddlin' Town: How King and Ol' Satch Dug It in the Twenties." In it, he wrote, "I arrived in Chicago about eleven o'clock the night of July 8th, 1922, I'll never forget it, at the Illinois Central Station at Twelfth and Michigan Avenue." In later years, Armstrong did forget and gave the date as August 8 but New Orleans writer James Karst has proved Armstrong was right the first time and arrived in Chicago on July 8, 1922 to join Oliver's band at the Lincoln Gardens. Here's a photo of Armstrong and Oliver from around that period. Music has never been the same since Armstrong arrived....

Louis Armstrong passed away 50 years ago this morning. Here is the cover of the New York Daily News with the news, as sa...
07/06/2021

Louis Armstrong passed away 50 years ago this morning. Here is the cover of the New York Daily News with the news, as saved by Lucille Armstrong. We’ve assembled clippings from around the world in our latest Virtual Exhibit, devoted to Louis’s passing on this date: https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/07/06/a-jazz-era-ends-the-50th-anniversary-of-louis-armstrongs-passing/

The King is dead….long live the King! Make sure to listen to some Pops today!

Louis Armstrong passed away 50 years ago this morning. Here is the cover of the New York Daily News with the news, as saved by Lucille Armstrong. We’ve assembled clippings from around the world in our latest Virtual Exhibit, devoted to Louis’s passing on this date: https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/07/06/a-jazz-era-ends-the-50th-anniversary-of-louis-armstrongs-passing/

The King is dead….long live the King! Make sure to listen to some Pops today!

The story of Louis Armstrong’s final reel-to-reel tape, made 50 years ago today.
07/05/2021
The Story of Louis Armstrong’s Final Tape

The story of Louis Armstrong’s final reel-to-reel tape, made 50 years ago today.

[Author’s Note: A longer version of this piece was published on this site in 2020. This updated version has removed discussions of other tapes that have recently been covered in our special 2…

Happy Fourth of July! Today's the day Louis Armstrong celebrated his birthday during his entire lifetime and it's the da...
07/04/2021
The Story of Louis Armstrong’s Final Tape

Happy Fourth of July! Today's the day Louis Armstrong celebrated his birthday during his entire lifetime and it's the day we celebrate him at the Louis Armstrong House Museum (don't worry, we'll celebrate him on August 4, too--and every other day of the year!). Today, in continuing with our series on Louis Armstrong's final weeks, we present the story of the last tape Louis ever made on July 5, 1971. At the end of the post is a bonus Spotify playlist featuring almost all of the music Louis listened to on his last run of tapes--over 33 hours in total! Hit shuffle and celebrate Pops today--and every day!

(And don't forget to be back here at 11 a.m. EDT as the staff of the Armstrong House will be on hand to take questions and showcase some wonderful musical performances filmed inside the Armstrong House.)

https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/07/04/the-story-of-louis-armstrongs-final-tape-2/

[Author’s Note: A longer version of this piece was published on this site in 2020. This updated version has removed discussions of other tapes that have recently been covered in our special 2…

Happy Fourth of July! Today's the day Louis Armstrong celebrated his birthday during his entire lifetime and it's the da...
07/04/2021
The Story of Louis Armstrong’s Final Tape

Happy Fourth of July! Today's the day Louis Armstrong celebrated his birthday during his entire lifetime and it's the day we celebrate him at the Louis Armstrong House Museum (don't worry, we'll celebrate him on August 4, too--and every other day of the year!). Today, in continuing with our series on Louis Armstrong's final weeks, we present the story of the last tape Louis ever made on July 5, 1971. At the end of the post is a bonus Spotify playlist featuring almost all of the music Louis listened to on his last run of tapes--over 33 hours in total! Hit shuffle and celebrate Pops today--and every day!

(And don't forget to be back here at 11 a.m. EDT as the staff of the Armstrong House will be on hand to take questions and showcase some wonderful musical performances filmed inside the Armstrong House.)

https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/07/04/the-story-of-louis-armstrongs-final-tape-2/

[Author’s Note: A longer version of this piece was published on this site in 2020. This updated version has removed discussions of other tapes that have recently been covered in our special 2…

Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s traditional July 4 birthday with us on Facebook Live as we'll be showcasing four performance...
07/02/2021

Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s traditional July 4 birthday with us on Facebook Live as we'll be showcasing four performances recorded in the Armstrong House living room! The fun starts at 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday and will feature incredible artists Catherine Russell, Tal Ronen, Jay Rodriguez, Arturo O'Farrill, Champian Fulton, Stephen Fulton, Mark Turner, and Ethan Iverson!

Among the songs we'll feature are a modern interpretation of “Struttin' with Some Barbecue,” a soulful take on “Someday (You'll Be Sorry),” a timely interpretation of “It's Been a Long, Long Time,” and much more. Learn about what each tune meant to Louis with the Louis Armstrong House Museum staff and Fellows, and join us to close with a live Q&A—see you then!

Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s traditional July 4 birthday with us on Facebook Live as we'll be showcasing four performances recorded in the Armstrong House living room! The fun starts at 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday and will feature incredible artists Catherine Russell, Tal Ronen, Jay Rodriguez, Arturo O'Farrill, Champian Fulton, Stephen Fulton, Mark Turner, and Ethan Iverson!

Among the songs we'll feature are a modern interpretation of “Struttin' with Some Barbecue,” a soulful take on “Someday (You'll Be Sorry),” a timely interpretation of “It's Been a Long, Long Time,” and much more. Learn about what each tune meant to Louis with the Louis Armstrong House Museum staff and Fellows, and join us to close with a live Q&A—see you then!

07/01/2021

¡Estén atentos a la proyección de la visita en Español a la casa de Louis en agosto!

Join our very own Adriana Filstrup and Latin Grammy Winner Linda Briceño for a tour through the Louis Armstrong House Museum in spanish this August!

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong's passing, today's entry on our "That's My Home" site examines th...
07/01/2021
“That Cat Ain’t Never Gonna Die”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Collages and Last Birthday Party

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong's passing, today's entry on our "That's My Home" site examines the final collages Louis made in the last week of his life, plus hear audio of Louis addressing his fans at a dinner party on July 2 and read about what would be his final birthday party on July 4.

In our last post, we discussed that Armstrong finished putting number “18” on a reel of “Armstrong’s Personal Recordings” but did not make a handwritten contents sheet…

Louis Armstrong recorded "West End Blues" on this date in 1928--'nuff said! Make sure to take 3 minutes and 20 seconds t...
06/28/2021

Louis Armstrong recorded "West End Blues" on this date in 1928--'nuff said! Make sure to take 3 minutes and 20 seconds today to listen to one of the greatest recordings of the 20th century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WPCBieSESI

Louis Armstrong recorded "West End Blues" on this date in 1928--'nuff said! Make sure to take 3 minutes and 20 seconds today to listen to one of the greatest recordings of the 20th century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WPCBieSESI

The fourth part of our examination of Louis Armstrong’s final tapes and collages is now up on our “That’s My Home” site....
06/27/2021
“Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Tapes Part 4

The fourth part of our examination of Louis Armstrong’s final tapes and collages is now up on our “That’s My Home” site. We’ve once again shared all of the handwritten track lists, plus scans of the collages and some of the original albums from Louis’s personal collection, plus there’s audio of TV coverage of Louis’s hospital stay from
earlier in 1971. Each post is getting more and more emotional as we approach the 50th anniversary of his passing on July 6—and we still have two posts to go.

If you’ve been with us this month (if you haven’t, you can now catch up on all of our 1971-related posts in one place), it’s been quite a roller coaster. Louis Armstrong barely em…

Pops put his own stamp on “La Vie En Rose” on this date in 1950! Here’s the original recording—still the best!
06/26/2021
La vie en rose - Louis Armstrong

Pops put his own stamp on “La Vie En Rose” on this date in 1950! Here’s the original recording—still the best!

LYRICSHold me close and hold me fastThe magic spell you castThis is la vie en roseWhen you kiss me heaven sighsAnd tho I close my eyesI see la vie en roseWhe...

50 years ago today, Louis Armstrong welcomed reporters and photographers to his home in Corona, Queens. He read an open ...
06/23/2021
“A Message To My Fans And Friends From All Over The World”: Louis Armstrong’s “Open Letter to Fans”

50 years ago today, Louis Armstrong welcomed reporters and photographers to his home in Corona, Queens. He read an open letter to his fans, promising to perform for them again, then joined Tyree Glenn to play four songs on trumpet—including “If We Never Meet Again.” He would be gone in less than two weeks. Here is the full story, with photos and artifacts from our Archives of what happened in Queens on June 23, 1971:
https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/06/23/a-message-to-my-fans-and-friends-from-all-over-the-world-louis-armstrongs-open-letter-to-fans/

As we’ve been chronicling all month, the final weeks of Louis Armstrong’s life were ones filled with both tremendous pride as he looked back at his entire musical career, but also a sen…

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34-56 107th St
Corona, NY
11368

Take the 7 train to 103rd Street-Corona Plaza. Walk north on 104th Street. Turn right onto 37th Avenue (NOT 37th Drive). Then turn left onto 107th Street. The Louis Armstrong House is on the left, ½ block north of 37th Avenue. The exact address is 34-56 107th Street.

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Tuesday 10am - 5pm
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Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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A Wonderful memory for best friends! 😎
Here is a verse written in tribute to Louis Armstrong in a December, 1932 Belgian music Magazine
No. 1 this week in 1964, "Hello, Dolly!" by Louis Armstrong. “We had to record it in Las Vegas between Louis’s dates at the Riviera,” producer Michael Kapp told me. “He was a pussycat to work with.” More at the link. https://number1albums.com/hello-dolly-louis-armstrong-june-13-1964/
Once this pandemic is over, I would love to visit your museum. Big fan of Louis. Here are some portraits I have done of him in the past. 2 in oils, one is white pencil on black paper. Enjoy.
Two years ago, in May 2019, I visited NYC and for me the most impressive moment was when I walked into the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona. Thank you to Harvey, who guided me through the house, for the personal and informative insights into the life of this special person, Louis Armstrong. I was very touched to learn that my favorite song 'What a wonderful world' was created here.
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Louis Armstrong's authorization form for his entry into Brazil made at the Brazilian Consulate in Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Cover to my original 1930 Pressbook for the lost film EX-FLAME. This represented Louis Armstrong's film appearance!
I am 82 years old and have loved Louis since I was a school boy and heard Hot 5 and 7 78s played on a wind up gramaphone. I had a wonderful visit to the Louis Armstrong house a few years ago and before that visited Louis Armstrong Park in new Orleans
I love Jazz 🎷🎼🎶🎵🎹📯