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Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for the  Groovesect Labor Day Cookout! more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 1 - 8, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 1 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Preservation Jazz…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Live New Orleans Jazz nightly! more

Southern Decadence…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Southern Decadence started forty one years ago as a simple going-away… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
For the first time, this event is open-to-the-public and attendees will be able… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for the  Groovesect Labor Day Cookout! more

Save the Date! 12th Annual Satchmo SummerFest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Angelique Hill
(504) 227-3126
angelique@fqfi.org

Save the Date!
12th Annual Satchmo SummerFest

New Orleans, Louisiana (May 11, 2012) - Save the date for Satchmo SummerFest - August 3-5, 2012 presented by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans' native son, Satchmo SummerFest will feature three days of fascinating seminars about the history and influence of jazz music in New Orleans and discussions about the life and talent of Louis Armstrong. Satchmo SummerFest is held annually at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint.

During the festival, visitors can also enjoy 'Preservation Hall at 50' - a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall through artifacts, photographs, posters, handbills, flyers, newspaper articles, phonograph records, film and audio clips, interviews, and oral histories. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Old U.S. Mint.

Satchmo SummerFest is free and open to the public. Stages feature music from some of New Orleans' finest traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, and brass bands, as well as children's programming. The stage areas will also feature 'Satchmo in the Shade' - tented areas where festival goers can enjoy music and food away from the summer heat.

Satchmo SummerFest hosts special events including: Sunday morning Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme; a traditional second line parade; traditional jazz dance lessons; and a Trumpet Tribute to close the festival. The festival also features authentic local cuisine from the area's finest restaurants to create 'Red Bean Alley.'

Visitors should book hotel rooms early to take advantage of rates starting at just $89 per night in the French Quarter and New Orleans downtown area.

About Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in an area known as 'Back o' Town.' Throughout his career, he entertained millions - from heads of state and royalty to the kids on his stoop in Corona, New York. Despite his fame, he lived a simple life in a working-class neighborhood. The man known around the world as 'Satchmo' was widely recognized as a founding father of jazz - a uniquely American art form. His influence, as an artist and cultural icon, is universal, unmatched, and very much alive today. Armstrong was a charismatic, innovative performer whose improvised soloing was the main influence for a fundamental change in jazz. One of the most famous musicians of the 20th century, he was first known as a cornet player, then as a trumpet player, and toward the end of his career he was best known as a vocalist and influential jazz singer. The nickname 'Satchmo' is short for 'Satchelmouth.' In 1932, Melody Maker magazine editor Percy Brooks greeted Armstrong in London with "Hello, Satchmo!" and the nickname stuck.

For more information on all FQFI festivals and events visit our website at www.fqfi.org or call 504-522-5730.

Satchmo SummerFest is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (www.fqfi.org), the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival in April and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.

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