Joe Oliver The King

Louis Armstrong may be considered the King of Jazz but, it is not widely known that Louis Armstrong considered another to be the king. Joe “King” Oliver was an instrumental figure in Louis’ career and helped introduce Louis to an audience outside of New Orleans. Most importantly Louis saw Joe Oliver as a mentor and... Continue Reading →

Preserving Black History

This Black History Month I want to highlight places that are preserving black history. Establishments like the Louis Armstrong Archives, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the National Museum of African American Music, the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University, and countless museums and archives that collect and catalog information pertaining... Continue Reading →

Women In Jazz

Since its creation in the early twentieth century, jazz has remained a popular genre of music with both men and women creating music. Its fast pace and upbeat tempo helped to increase its popularity, but most of the people who were receiving attention were men. Women, especially black women, have long contributed to the creation... Continue Reading →

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club

2020 is here! A New Year and a new decade begins but, the New Year also brings in another cherished celebration, Mardi Gras. Carnival season is upon us, and all throughout New Orleans, people are engaging in various festivities and traditions leading up to Mardi Gras day, which will be February 25 this year. Alas,... Continue Reading →

Hugues Panassié

Within the long history of jazz music, many people have made their mark in one way or another. Some through playing, others through its documentation and study. Among the latter, exist polarizing figures that valiantly stand firm in their beliefs and thoughts on jazz music. Hugues Panassié is one such figure. Panassié was a man... Continue Reading →

Huge In Japan

The influence of Louis Armstrong can be felt--or more appropriately, heard--all over the world. Satchmo was an international icon and the real ambassador of New Orleans jazz to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. Louis’s presence and music were responsible for some genuinely incredible feats. Two Popes requested an audience with Louis; in... Continue Reading →

Memphis to Paris (On a Piano Stool)

Lillian Hardin Armstrong was a pianist, composer, and entertainer. She traveled around the world and entertained numerous fans with her music. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Armstrong went to Fisk University for a year, rose up through the ranks in the music industry to play with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz band, and eventually had her own... Continue Reading →

New Orleans: The Musical

It's the early 1900s in New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz, the fabled city of music. Nick Duquesne runs a gambling den and club in the Storyville district of New Orleans, where he soon meets Marilee Smith, a young beauty from the upper crust of society. Naturally, a romantic story is in the works here;... Continue Reading →

What a Wonderful Collage World!

Louis Armstrong was an accomplished musician, composer, and singer. During his free time Louis played his trumpet, wrote jokes, and recorded over 700 reels of audio. But there is one hobby that Louis had that not many people know about- Louis loved to make collages. These collages were made from newspaper clippings & headlines, letters,... Continue Reading →

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