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.
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For more information on visiting and events, please visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org

We’ve reached Part 40 of our ongoing series chronicling the friendship between Louis Armstrong and Jack Bradley, with to...
01/10/2024

We’ve reached Part 40 of our ongoing series chronicling the friendship between Louis Armstrong and Jack Bradley, with today’s post containing some of wonderful photos Jack took at a rehearsal and recording sessions for what became the album “Disney Songs the Satchmo Way.” We’ve also included sheet music, audio, and other treasures from our Archives—check it out at the following link:

https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2024/01/10/the-greatest-photo-taker-remembering-jack-bradley-part-40-disney-songs-rehearsal-and-session-february-1968/

We've reached Part 40 of our ongoing series chronicling the friendship between Louis Armstrong and Jack Bradley, with to...
01/10/2024

We've reached Part 40 of our ongoing series chronicling the friendship between Louis Armstrong and Jack Bradley, with today's post containing some of wonderful photos Jack took at a rehearsal and recording sessions for what became the album "Disney Songs the Satchmo Way." We've also included sheet music, audio, and other treasures from our Archives--check it out at the link below!

Welcome to part 40 in our ongoing series chronicling the friendship between Louis Armstrong and Jack Bradley. Our last post was spent at Nola Rehearsal Studios in Manhattan in mid-February 1968 as …

Embark on a historic journey through the pages of Louis Armstrong’s legacy with our Archival Tour at the Louis Armstrong...
01/09/2024

Embark on a historic journey through the pages of Louis Armstrong’s legacy with our Archival Tour at the Louis Armstrong Center Archives on January 19th at 12:00 PM. Led by our Director of Research Collections, Ricky Riccardi, this unique opportunity invites you to explore the treasures that illuminate the life of this jazz legend.

Ticket link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/793355306077?aff=oddtdtcreator

Louis Armstrong’s longtime friend Jack Bradley was born 90 years ago today! To celebrate, here is the latest installment...
01/03/2024

Louis Armstrong’s longtime friend Jack Bradley was born 90 years ago today! To celebrate, here is the latest installment of our “That’s My Home” series on Louis and Jack’s friendship. The main event is a rehearsal for Kapp recording date in February 1968 in which Louis rejected the song he was being asked to record, while Jack snapped photos and NBC filmed for an episode of “The Bell Telephone Hour.” We have Jack’s photos, the NBC video, audio of Louis on “The Tonight Show,” the finished Kapp recordings and much more. Happy Birthday, Jack—we miss you!

https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2024/01/03/the-greatest-photo-taker-remembering-jack-bradley-part-39-rehearsal-for-kapp-session-february-1968/

Louis Armstrong's longtime friend Jack Bradley was born 90 years ago today! To celebrate, here is the latest installment...
01/03/2024

Louis Armstrong's longtime friend Jack Bradley was born 90 years ago today! To celebrate, here is the latest installment of our "That's My Home" series on Louis and Jack's friendship. The main event is a rehearsal for Kapp recording date in February 1968 in which Louis rejected the song he was being asked to record, while Jack snapped photos and NBC filmed for an episode of "The Bell Telephone Hour." We have Jack's photos, the NBC video, audio of Louis on "The Tonight Show," the finished Kapp recordings and much more. Happy Birthday, Jack--we miss you!

Happy New Year, everyone. We’re starting 2024 just as we closed 2023, with part 39 of our ongoing series paying tribute to the friendship between Louis Armstrong and Jack Bradley. Today is a …

Experience the soulful rhythms of Nduduzo Makhathini in a LAHM concert on January 13th at 3:00 pm in the Louis Armstrong...
01/02/2024

Experience the soulful rhythms of Nduduzo Makhathini in a LAHM concert on January 13th at 3:00 pm in the Louis Armstrong Center’s Jazz room. Grab your tickets now for an unforgettable musical journey!

About the Artist 🎹
Nduduzo Makhathini’s music is deeply rooted in the symbiotic connection between music and ritual practices. Influenced by legends such as Bheki Mseleku and Moses Molelekwa, Makhathini’s unique blend of South African jazz captures the emotions and nuances of the past.

Get yout tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nduduzo-makhathini-tickets-754840226437?aff=oddtdtcreator

Happy New Year from the Louis Armstrong House Museum...and Pops! Here’s to 2024!
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from the Louis Armstrong House Museum...and Pops! Here’s to 2024!

New Year’s Eve is always a time of reflection so we’d like to thank everyone who visited the Louis Armstrong House Museu...
12/31/2023

New Year’s Eve is always a time of reflection so we’d like to thank everyone who visited the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the brand new Louis Armstrong Center followed us, or even just listened to a single Louis Armstrong song in 2023! But in the Armstrong world, New Year’s Eve is a special day because it was on December 31, 1912 that little Louis (already singing and playing a little self-taught cornet) was arrested for firing his stepfather’s gun while celebrating and was sent to the Colored Waif’s Home—a move that changed his life. With guidance from Capt. Joseph Jones and formal music lessons from Peter Davis, Louis became leader of the Home’s brass band within five months of his arrest and began seeking work as a musician as soon he was discharged in 1914.

To celebrate, here’s that famous photo of young Louis and the Waif’s Home band, a timely reminder that a poor child who was once arrested at the age of 9 for being for being “a dangerous and suspicious character” and was referred to in the press as “an old offender” when arrested again at the age of 11, would go on to change this wonderful world of ours. Happy 2024!

Happy New Year Everyone! It's been a momentous year for the Museum. Check out our 2023 Wrapped Year in Review video. Pau...
12/28/2023

Happy New Year Everyone! It's been a momentous year for the Museum. Check out our 2023 Wrapped Year in Review video. Pause and rewind at leisure. Click on the links inside to see short videos of the Armstrong Center Opening, Pops is Tops Education Programs, our first indoor concert with Jason Moran and so much more. Rest, Celebrate, Onward! Welcome 2024!

Check out this Document (A4) designed by LAHM .

Merry Christmas from the Louis Armstrong House Museum! Here’s one of Louis and Lucille’s original holiday cards (check o...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from the Louis Armstrong House Museum! Here’s one of Louis and Lucille’s original holiday cards (check out those trumpet “L’s,” the treble clef “&,” and the eighth-note “A”). Have a Cool Yule! (What Louis Armstrong songs are on your holiday playlist?)

It’s the Night Before Christmas! Today is the perfect day to listen to Louis Armstrong’s touching reading of Clement Cla...
12/24/2023

It’s the Night Before Christmas! Today is the perfect day to listen to Louis Armstrong’s touching reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, recorded in his den on February 26, 1971, less than five months before he passed away. To hear a complete, unedited version direct from Louis’s tapes with new accompaniment by Sullivan Fortner, check out the version on the hit record “Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule,” streaming everywhere!

In our final “That’s My Home” post of 2023, we had back into the recording studio for a rare session Pops did that was o...
12/23/2023

In our final “That’s My Home” post of 2023, we had back into the recording studio for a rare session Pops did that was overseen by Mitch Miller before heading to the Waldorf for a Christmas benefit concert played by the All Stars in December 1967. Jack Bradley was there with his camera for both occasions so we’ve included a bunch of his wonderful photos, not to mention Louis and Lucille’s 1967 Christmas card. Enjoy!

https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2023/12/23/the-greatest-photo-taker-remembering-jack-bradley-part-38-mitch-miller-session-and-waldorf-christmas-benefit/

In our final "That's My Home" post of 2023, we had back into the recording studio for a rare session Pops did that was o...
12/23/2023

In our final "That's My Home" post of 2023, we had back into the recording studio for a rare session Pops did that was overseen by Mitch Miller before heading to the Waldorf for a Christmas benefit concert played by the All Stars in December 1967. Jack Bradley was there with his camera for both occasions so we've included a bunch of his wonderful photos, not to mention Louis and Lucille's 1967 Christmas card. Enjoy!

In our previous post, Louis Armstrong found himself in the recording studio, struggling mightily–and eventually succeeding–to sing four songs in Italian on December 11 and 12, 1967. He&…

Did you know that Louis Armstrong recorded four sings singing entirely in Italian? The sessions took place in December 1...
12/21/2023

Did you know that Louis Armstrong recorded four sings singing entirely in Italian? The sessions took place in December 1967 and are the subject of our latest "That's My Home" post, complete with dozens of Jack Bradley photos, music, videos, and more!

And now for something completely different! Has anyone out there heard Louis Armstrong sing in Italian? If you have, consider yourself a die-hard Pops fan, but if you haven’t, you’ve co…

Happy birthday to one of the most important figures in Louis Armstrong’s life, King Oliver. “He was the best,” Louis sai...
12/19/2023

Happy birthday to one of the most important figures in Louis Armstrong’s life, King Oliver. “He was the best,” Louis said in 1967. “Laid a new horn on me when mine was so beat I didn’t know what sounds might come out of it. Advised me…took me home for red beans and rice feasts. Taught me about blowing trumpet, too. Lotta claims been made that Bunk Johnson put me wise to trumpet—Bunk hisself helped that story along. No such thing. Joe Oliver was the man.” It was hard for Armstrong to leave Oliver’s band in 1924 and harder for him to start competing with his mentor a few years later in Chicago. “I felt real bad when I took most of Joe Oliver’s crowds away,” Armstrong reflected. “Wasn’t much I could do about it, though. I went to Joe and asked him was there anything I could do for him. ‘Just keep on blowing,’ he told me. Bless him.”

Our "That's My Home" series continues with dozens of Jack Bradley photos taken at a musicians' benefit at the Roseland B...
12/13/2023

Our "That's My Home" series continues with dozens of Jack Bradley photos taken at a musicians' benefit at the Roseland Ballroom on October 30, 1967 and a Brunswick recording session two days later. Click the link below for the photos, music, stories and much more!

Our previous post dealt with a memorable few days Louis Armstrong spent making the rounds with Jack Bradley in Chicago in late October 1967. In it, we discussed a mysterious All Stars rehearsal tha…

Embrace the spirit of the season with the final post from the   series! 🌟 Dive into the holiday magic at the New York Ha...
12/08/2023

Embrace the spirit of the season with the final post from the series! 🌟 Dive into the holiday magic at the New York Hall of Science, where you’ll find experiences perfect for family, friends, and even our furry companions!

🐾 "Dogs! A Science Tail" is a heartwarming exhibit exploring the incredible bond between humans and our furry friends. Hurry, it's only here through January 7th! Don't miss the chance to discover the evolution of dogs from fierce wolves to our beloved companions. As we celebrate this exhibit, we're also sharing a glimpse into the life of the legendary Louis Armstrong, who adored his canine companions.

📸 Swipe left to see Louis and Lucille Armstrong in their living room, surrounded by the love of their dogs Trumpet and Trinket. Louis, a true dog lover, cherished these moments, and even his dog "General," a Boston bull, accompanied him on tours.

See you at the New York Hall of Science for an unforgettable end to the series 🚀

Louis Armstrong had a few days off in Chicago in October 1967 and spent it on the town, going to see Jonah Jones at the ...
12/06/2023

Louis Armstrong had a few days off in Chicago in October 1967 and spent it on the town, going to see Jonah Jones at the London House, Jack E. Leonard at Mister Kelly's, Jimmy Durante at the Palmer House, and more. Jack Bradley was there with camera for all of it and dozens of his photos make up our latest "That's My Home" post!

Our previous post ended with Louis Armstrong and His All Stars going back on the road on October 12, 1967, doing a string of one-nighters before winding up in Chicago towards the end of the month w…

On December 5, 1928–95 years ago today—Louis Armstrong and Earl “Fatha” Hines recorded the immortal duet “Weather Bird,”...
12/05/2023

On December 5, 1928–95 years ago today—Louis Armstrong and Earl “Fatha” Hines recorded the immortal duet “Weather Bird,” later featured on this Columbia LP. It remains one of the most exciting recorded performances of all time, encompassing the past, present, and future of jazz in three minutes.

Here’s the audio—doesn’t get much better!
https://youtu.be/Dv_9B7W7Q0w

60 years ago today, on December 3, 1963, Louis Armstrong and His All Stars stepped into the recording studio to record t...
12/03/2023

60 years ago today, on December 3, 1963, Louis Armstrong and His All Stars stepped into the recording studio to record the title song of a Broadway production that hadn't even opened yet. Six months later, "Hello, Dolly!" knocked The Beatles off the top of the pop charts at the height of Beatlemania! For the full saga, complete with session photos, sheet music, interviews and much, much more, please check out our Virtual Exhibit from 2021:
https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstronghouse.org/2021/12/03/its-awful-nice-to-be-up-there-among-all-them-beatles-the-story-of-hello-dolly/

It was a great day at the office today (pun intended) as we welcomed  and  to the Armstrong House, in town to perform th...
12/03/2023

It was a great day at the office today (pun intended) as we welcomed and to the Armstrong House, in town to perform their swingin’ holiday show at Joe’s Pub! We were also joined by their music director and trumpeter, Tony Guerrero, who got to play some of Pops’s horns. A great day in Corona—catch them at Joe’s Pub before they leave town!

Wow!
11/29/2023

Wow!

And I think to myself | What a wonderful world 🎶 After a visit to this summer, baker Sherry Kozlowski () knew she had to recreate the Queens landmark. Her gingerbread masterpiece took around 40 hours to complete and features detailed elements, including the plaster dog that guards the entrance and the plaque that features “What A Wonderful World” lyrics.

When asked about why she chose the site, Kozlowski shared: “When I think of iconic NYC, the 1960s- ‘70s jazz scene is right there. The story behind the house and the Armstrongs’ connection to the community is beautiful.... It is a small glimpse into an era, and everyone should visit it!”

See this sweet edition of the Louis Armstrong House Museum on view in “Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off,” open through January 15, 2024. Photograph by Brad Farwell.

✨ Ignite Dreams with Us! “A Gift to Build a Dream On” Fundraiser is Here! ✨Hello LAHM Fam!  As we get into the holiday g...
11/29/2023

✨ Ignite Dreams with Us! “A Gift to Build a Dream On” Fundraiser is Here! ✨

Hello LAHM Fam! As we get into the holiday groove, we’ve got some exciting news! We are launching our End-of-Year Giving Campaign - a celebration of 80 years since the Armstrongs’ move to Corona, Queens, and 20 years since the opening of our Museum to the public! 🏡🎺

Our Mission: Reach a stellar $50,000 to fuel dreams of music, education, and arts! With your help, we’re turning up the volume on our impact.

How You Can Spark the Magic:
- Make a donation that’s meaningful for you
- Spread the love, share this post!
- Consider becoming a member

Special Thanks to All Our Supporters, Pops Fans, Jazz Enthusiasts, the Vibrant Queens Community and our International Friends. Your love has been the driving force for two decades of Louis Armstrong legacy appreciation! Let’s build a dream on a future filled with music, education, and artistic expression.

To contribute or learn more, click here: https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/support/

Thank you for being our rhythm-makers! ❤️

🎶 IMPORTANT UPDATE! 🎶Amyra León’s concert originally set for Dec 2nd is now on Dec 16th at 3:00 pm in the Louis Armstron...
11/28/2023

🎶 IMPORTANT UPDATE! 🎶
Amyra León’s concert originally set for Dec 2nd is now on Dec 16th at 3:00 pm in the Louis Armstrong Center Jazz Room.

As a culmination of her Armstrong Now 2023 Residency, Amyra presents a unique piece born from her deep dive into the living archives of Louis Armstrong. Amyra is a musician, author, director, and proud Harlem native. Seamlessly transcending genre and medium, she believes in the transformative power of listening and honest conversation as tools for lasting change. This show showcases the artist’s multidisciplinary approach and underscores the profound richness of the archives.

Link for tickets in Story and Bio! ✨

Join us for an unforgettable evening with the Vuyo Sotashe Group on December 16th at 3 pm at the Jazz Room. Experience t...
11/25/2023

Join us for an unforgettable evening with the Vuyo Sotashe Group on December 16th at 3 pm at the Jazz Room.

Experience the rising star, Vuyo Sotashe, a young South African jazz vocalist, leaving an indelible mark on the New York jazz scene. A recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, he arrived in NYC in 2013, earning his Master of Music at William Paterson University. Sotashe’s accolades include winning first prize at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014 and placing third in the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, a historic achievement as the first male finalist.

Internationally acclaimed, Sotashe has graced stages at festivals in Italy and Sweden, performed with George Benson, toured with the SAMA Award-winning band Proxy, and collaborated with Grammy-winning gospel artist Israel Houghton.

Link in Bio!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Now, swing out on that turkey—and pass the Swiss ...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Now, swing out on that turkey—and pass the Swiss Kriss!

11/22/2023
Save the date! Join us on December 2nd at 3 pm in the Jazz Room for an extraordinary experience celebrating the culminat...
11/21/2023

Save the date! Join us on December 2nd at 3 pm in the Jazz Room for an extraordinary experience celebrating the culmination of Amyra León’s Armstrong Now 2023 Residency. 🌟

Amyra, a musician, author, director, and proud Harlem native, presents a unique piece inspired by her deep dive into the living archives of Louis Armstrong. This special event features a live performance of poetry and music with a full band, showcasing Amyra’s multidisciplinary approach. 🎷

Embrace the transformative power of listening and honest conversation as tools for lasting change. 🎶

Link in bio.

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34-56 107th Street
New York, NY
11368

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
11pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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(718) 478-8274

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