Events » New Orleans Event Previews

Preview: Satchmo SummerFest

The salute to Louis Armstrong is always a hot weekend with some cool music



French Quarter Festivals' 15th annual Satchmo SummerFest is highlighted by three days of music at the Old U.S. Mint, and there is a scholarly conference, a jazz Mass at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, kids' activities and more. The music lineup features mainly jazz and brass band music and there are dance lessons at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage throughout the weekend.

  Friday's schedule includes Donald Harrison's All Star Louis Armstrong Tribute, Rebirth Brass Band, Ellis Marsalis, Deacon John, PresHall Brass, James Andrews and Sharon Martin. Saturday features Bill Summers and Jazsalsa, Treme Brass Band, Yoshio Toyama and the Dixie Saints and others. Also on Saturday, Jewel Brown, who performed with Louis Armstrong's All Stars in the 1960s, plays with The Ella & Louie Tribute Band, which includes Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Todd Duke, Mitch Player and Gerald French.

  Sunday's entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. with a second-line parade featuring the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, the Million Dollar Baby Dolls and Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Onstage Sunday, there is Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Shannon Powell's Traditional All-Star Band, Meschiya Lake and Little Big Horns and others.

  The scholarly portion of the festival features speakers including Armstrong archivist Ricky Riccardi, jazz histoiran Dan Morgenstern and Tulane University jazz archivist Bruce Boyd Raeburn, an interview with Jewel Brown and presentations of Armstrong in film. On Thursday, the U.S. Mint opens a new exhibit, Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans, curated in cooperation with the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York, and it includes artifacts such as Armstrong's first cornet from the New Orleans Colored Waifs' Home.

  Kids' activities are scheduled Saturday and Sunday inside the Mint. Festival admission is $5 and free for children 12 and under. Visit for complete schedule.

Add a comment