Free "Satchmo" Film Screening at Louis Armstrong House Museum

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Louis Armstrong House Museum is the only preserved home of a jazz legend in the contest.

[Arts & Entertainment]

Louis Armstrong House Museum will present the exclusive free film screening of Satchmo the Great on Saturday, May 12th at 8:00 pm in the Garden at Louis Armstrong House Museum.

This film was released in 1957 and is now a collector’s item. Seating is limited for this free screening and is available on a first-come basis.

Satchmo the Great was produced and written by legendary newscaster Edward R. Murrow. It expertly captures the essence of Louis’s “Ambassador of Goodwill” period covering Armstrong’s 1956 tour of England, his first since 1932, and one of the highlights of Armstrong’s career: a three-day tour of Africa’s Gold Coast. 

Back in America, Murrow filmed Armstrong at Lewisohn Stadium --a lost architectural gem of NYC-- joining forces with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic for a symphonic version of St. Louis Blues. The film captures all aspects of Armstrong's greatness, both on and off the stage and will be a treat for all to see.

Louis Armstrong House Museum was named one of 40 historic places in New York City’s first-ever citywide grassroots preservation contest, which began April 26th and runs through May 21st, 2012. is a call-to-action program enlisting the public to vote online for the preservation project they like best.

Louis Armstrong House Museum is the only preserved home of a jazz legend in the contest. “We are honored and excited to be among 40 organizations to compete in this preservation grant contest,” noted Michael Cogswell, Executive Director of Louis Armstrong House Museum. “If we win, and we hope we do, the $250,000 in preservation funds will preserve Louis and Lucille’s garden.”

Louis Armstrong celebrated his 71st birthday in his beloved garden, and then passed away two days later. The public can vote daily though May 21st for the Louis Armstrong House Museum at 
In a city as rich in arts and entertainment as New York City, the Louis Armstrong House Museum stands as a modern living memoir of a true American Icon. Louis Armstrong House Museum is the only preserved home of a jazz legend in the world.

LAHM, a non-profit 501c(3) organization, is a National Historic landmark and New York City landmark. Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th Avenue in Corona, Queens. Parking is available within the neighborhood; the museum is accessible by subway via the 7 train.

The grant contest is sponsored by American Express and the National Historic Trust.

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