Hot jazz, hot topics and hot weather — it must be Satchmo SummerFest! The ninth annual festival, put on by French Quarter Festivals Inc., runs from July 30 through August 2 in celebration of native New Orleanian and possibly the world's most famous musician, Louis Armstrong.
Satchmo SummerFest features a free two-day music festival at the Old U.S. Mint on three stages with great New Orleans food and beverages. There will be live traditional jazz, brass band and contemporary jazz music, along with hands-on workshops and performances for children, from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Performers include the Soul Rebels Brass Band, James Andrews, Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints, Jeremy Davenport, Leah Chase, Shamarr Allen, Kermit Ruffins, Lionel Ferbos, and many more.
Visit the Satchmo SummerFest web site for the complete lineup and schedule for 2009.
Join WWOZ on air and online at wwoz.org/stream for a live broadcast on Saturday from Satchmo SummerFest 2009 down by the old U.S. Mint at Esplanade in the French
2 - 2:45 p.m. We'll bring you the sounds of the Young New Orleans Traditional Brass Band,
established by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park with the help of the Tremé Brass Band and the Storyville Stompers.
3 - 4:15 p.m. N.O. Jazz & Heritage Foundation Program Director Sharon Martin lends us her gospel-tinged voice for a set.
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Trombonist and vocalist Glen David Andrews
& The Lazy Six perform some traditional jazz and classic New Orleans tunes.
So if you can't make it on down to the Mint, tune in online for a sampling of the sweet summer sounds in tribute to Louis "Satchmo"
The SummerFest opens with a Satchmo Art Show and reception at the Crescent City Brewhouse, 527 Decatur Street. The reception will be on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
On Friday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Frenchmen St. hosts the Satchmo Club Strut. Several blocks of clubs and businesses have live music inside or out front, and one ticket gets you into most of the Strut's events.
Read the complete schedule and venue list for details, and don't miss the Treme Brass Band's
strut along Frenchmen St. as they play in front of
participating clubs from 8:00 p.m. to midnidght. There's also a jazz dance contest at 8pm on the
street outside 500 Frenchmen St., accompanied by the Treme Brass
Pre-purchase tickets or get more info by calling (504) 309-5299. Tickets will also be available on Frenchment Street beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the Strut (cash only).
All the money raised goes to support the New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration's innovative jazz programs for young audiences and communities throughout the region.
Experts from around the world will gather to discuss, listen and learn about Louis Armstrong at the Satchmo SummerFest's world-renowned annual symposium. Seminars will be located on the 3rd floor of the Old U.S. Mint, and they are free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more info.