Live Concert photography: Jazz at The Louis Armstrong Center 6/29/23
Last month, I was invited to the ribbon cutting for The Louis Armstrong House Museum’s brand, spanking new Louis Armstrong Center. Located across the street from Armstrong’s home in Corona, Queens, NYC, the new center, which was designed by Caples Jefferson Architects will help the museum expand its vision to preserve Armstrong’s legacy — and bring more music, fun and education to the community.
The Armstrong Center will be the permanent home for the 700-piece Louis Armstrong Archive, which is coincidentally, the world’s largest for a jazz musician. But along with that, it’ll host the state-of-the-art exhibition Here To Stay, curated by award-winning jazz pianist and Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center, Jason Moran, performances, lectures, films and experiences for K-12 students, including trumpet lessons, inspired by the donation of Ken Karnofsky (the same family, who helped Louis buy his first trumpet when he was a young boy).
Fittingly to celebrate the occasion, organizers had quite a bit of live music from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music graduates. Check out some photos below.