"7 Days of Satch" coming July 27-Aug. 2

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Published on: July 8th, 2020

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This year, Satchmo SummerFest will present "Seven Days of Satch presented by Chevron." The multiplatform, virtual celebration is a collaboration between French Quarter Festivals, Inc., WWOZ, New Orleans National Jazz Historical Park, WWL-TV, and New Orleans Jazz Museum. Seven Days of Satch will span an entire week, starting on Monday, July 27 and run through the end of Sunday, August 2. Fans can look forward to thematic programming on WWOZ, Louis Armstrong-inspired cooking demos on WWL-TV, and a full weekend of original performances and Armstrong scholars broadcast on Facebook Live.

The virtual event pays tribute to 20th anniversary of Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron, an annual festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ beloved native son, Louis Armstrong. Traditionally, Satchmo SummerFest has been a weekend filled with music, education, cuisine, and culture on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, FQFI announced the cancellation of the event in May.

The Seven Days of Satch lineup includes eight acts from beloved New Orleans artists: James Andrews, John Boutté, Wendell Brunious, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Herlin Riley, Treme Brass Band, and Tuba Skinny. Musical performances sponsored by the New Orleans National Jazz Historical Park will be filmed onsite at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and shared on Facebook live Saturday, August 1 - Sunday, August 2. Louis Armstrong-inspired cooking demos will air on the WWL-TV Morning Show July 27-30.

For more information on the schedule and how to access the performances, visit satchmosummerfest.org. 

Below, more detail on WWOZ's special programming during this weeklong celebration:


Traditional Jazz with Dan Meyer, 9-11am
Dan Meyer will showcase an archival WWOZ interview he conducted in 1994 with the late Louis Armstrong historian and biographer Tad Jones, who among other things, discovered Armstrong's baptismal certificate and established Armstrong's birth date as August 4, 1901, rather than the date Armstrong claimed-- July 4, 1900.

Jazz From the French Market - Satchmo Happy Hour, 5-6pm
Each weekday during Seven Days of Satch, WWOZ is helping you start your evening right, with a special happy hour soundtrack showcasing rare live concert performances by Louis Armstrong.


Traditional Jazz with Leslie Cooper, 9-11am
Leslie Cooper will be revisiting one of the most memorable musical partnerships ever -- Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, who collaborated on three albums in the 1950s.

Jazz From the French Market - Satchmo Happy Hour, 5-6pm


Traditional Jazz with Michael Longfield, 9-11am
Michael Longfield will be demonstrating the influence Louis Armstrong still has on New Orleans musicians, by alternating original Louis Armstrong recordings with new renditions of the same songs by contemporary musicians, including Allen Toussaint, Dr John, the Treme Brass Band, Haruka Kikuchi, Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Seva Venet, Nicholas Payton, and more.

Jazz From the French Market - Satchmo Happy Hour, 5-6pm


Traditional Jazz with Sally Young, 9-11am
Sally Young will be focusing on the extraordinary archivist, historian, and researcher Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years. Ricky has visited WWOZ a number of times, and we're bringing you highlights from these great conversations.

Jazz From the French Market - Satchmo Happy Hour, 5-6pm


Traditional Jazz with Keith Hill, 9-11am
Keith Hill will feature music from the final decade of Louis Armstrong's career, when he had some of his biggest hits and reached a worldwide audience, and included collaborations with Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, an album of Disney songs, a James Bond theme, and more.

Jazz From the French Market - Satchmo Happy Hour, 5-6pm


Traditional Jazz with Big Pete, 10am-12pm
Big Pete will showcase the legendary early recordings of Louis Armstrong with the Hot Five and the Hot Seven from the 1920s, his first recordings with his own band, which set a standard for all jazz recordings that followed.


PLUS any or all of our other show hosts might break format to help celebrate Louis Armstrong this week - so expect the unexpected! As always, you can listen live to WWOZ at 90.7 FM locally or this link anywhere.

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