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French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announces details of the 13th Annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron

July 19, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong will take place August 2-4 at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. This year, the 3-day celebration is thrilled to welcome its first ever title sponsor – Chevron.

2013 Satchmo SummerFest MerchandiseSatchmo SummerFest will feature even more performances from New Orleans’ most talented traditional and contemporary jazz, and brass band musicians. Festival-goers will sample cuisine from local restaurants, attend fascinating Satchmo Seminars about New Orleans music and Louis Armstrong, now with extended hours. Visitors can also enjoy the new Fats Domino exhibit, as well as the ‘Preservation Hall at 50’ exhibit, located on the second floor of the Mint.

Opening Reception and Keynote Conversation 

An Opening Reception will kick off Satchmo SummerFest, Thursday August 1st at the Hotel Monteleone and reception tickets can be purchased at or by calling the French Quarter Festivals, Inc. office at (504) 522-5730. This year’s Keynote Conversation, will be presented by renowned musician, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon, named 2013 “Trombonist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association. The Keynote Conversation will take place following the reception and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for both events.

Live, Local Music, Free Dance Lessons, and Indoor Family Activities 

Satchmo SummerFest 2013 Artists include Allen Toussaint, Ellis Marsalis, Preservation Hall Brass Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Connie Jones and Tim Laughlin, Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders, The Dukes of Dixieland, Charmaine Neville, John Boutte, James Andrews, Treme Brass Band, Hot Club of New Orleans, Lars Edegran’s Ragtime Orchestra featuring Lionel Ferbos, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, The Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Yoshio Toyama & The Dixie Saints, New Birth Brass Band, Kid Merv and All That Jazz, Orleans Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Jeremy Davenport, Sharon Martin, The New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, Wendell Brunious, Carl LeBlanc, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest, and many more.

2013 Satchmo SummerFestBetween musical sets, dancers of all levels can enjoy free lessons from New Orleans’ best dance teachers at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage each day of the festival. Dance lessons are free and open to the public and are taught and sponsored by NOLA Jitterbugs. (For more details, please review the attached music schedule.)

Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, children and parents can relax in air-conditioning on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and enjoy an array of educational, entertaining family activities, movies, and exhibits. The Satchmo for Kids’ area features a variety of activities including a Satchmo collage project, red beans and rice maraca-making, coconut decorating with the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s Junior Zulus, the Jazz National Historic Park’s Junior Rangers program, a second-line umbrella creation station to get kids ready for the Satchmo for Kids’second line parades on Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

While inside, visitors can also enjoy the Louisiana State Museum’s exhibits, including the debut of a Fats Domino piano which was flooded in Hurricane Katrina. The Louisiana State Museum has undertaken a restoration of the piece and it will be on display at Satchmo SummerFest. The ‘Preservation Hall at 50’ exhibit is also on display inside the Old U.S. Mint.

Co-curated by Preservation Hall and the Louisiana State Museum, Preservation Hall at 50 tells the story of the New Orleans music landmark from the early 1960s to the present through artifacts, photographs, film and audio clips, interviews and oral histories. Adding wider historical context are iconic objects from the Museum’s world famous jazz collection-including Louis Armstrong’s first cornet and instruments played by Preservation Hall jazz greats such as clarinetist George Lewis and bassist Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau. The exhibit and children’s area are free and open to the public during Festival weekend.

Fascinating Speakers, Seminars, and Discussions 

The 2013 Satchmo SummerFest seminars are free and open to the public and will take place all three days inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. An impressive array of speakers will present seminars, discussions, music, and movies about the history and progress of New Orleans Jazz and the life and music of Louis Armstrong. Seminar hours have been extended this year and are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th. Please see attached schedule for details.

Special Events 

In addition to a weekend full of great music, food, seminars, movies, and children’s activities, Satchmo SummerFest features an array of special events including the annual Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade, and the annual ‘Trumpet Tribute’ which closes the festival Sunday night with a Satchmo birthday party.

Happy Birthday, Satchmo! 

Satchmo SummerFest is scheduled annually to coincide with Louis Armstrong’s birthday on August 4th.

The artist often stated in public interviews that he was born on July 4, 1900 (Independence Day), a date that has been noted in many biographies. Armstrong died in 1971 and his true birthdate, August 4, 1901, was not discovered until the mid-1980s.

Louis Armstrong was raised in a poor section of New Orleans known as “Jane Alley.” Throughout his career, he entertained millions – from heads of state and royalty to the neighborhood 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,” short for Satchelmouth, was widely recognized as a founding father of jazz – a unique American art form. In 1932, Melody Maker magazine editor Percy Brooks greeted Armstrong in London with “Hello, Satchmo!” and the nickname stuck. His influence, as an artist and cultural icon is universal, unmatched, and very much alive today.

Armstrong was a charismatic and innovative performer whose improvised soloing was the main influence for a fundamental change in jazz. As 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.

Sponsors and Community Partners for the 13th annual Satchmo SummerFest include: Chevron, Abita Brewing Company, The Louisiana State Museum, WWL-TV, Ford, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, French Market Corporation, Absolut, Avion, Pepsi, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Hotel Monteleone, Rouses, Rhodes Funeral Home, Harrelson Trumpets, Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, NOLA Jitterbugs, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Associated Office Systems, Aidan Gill, Harrah’s New Orleans, The Joseph K. & Inez Eichenbaum Foundation (Stephen Maitland-Lewis and Joni Berry), OffBeat, WHERE, Louisiana Kitchen, Downbeat Magazine, NOLA Defender, Where Y’at, Pelican Ice, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Inc., Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Event Rentals, Rolland Safe and Lock, I.T.S. Fire Alarm Security, The Advocate, The Windsor Court Hotel, Jefferson Variety, Camellia Brand,, WWOZ, WWNO 89.9 FM, and TravelHost Magazine, and more.

For more information on all FQFI festivals and events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit online at

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