Louis Armstrong House Museum Touts 10th Anniversary
Posted 10/4/2013

On Oct. 15, the Louis Armstrong House Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The museum is the former private home of the celebrated trumpeter and his wife, Lucille. The couple bought the house in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in 1943.

The anniversary fete is set to begin at 6 p.m. in the Armstrongs’ garden at 34-56 107th St. It will feature music from local outfit The Hot Sardines, a 1920s-influenced hot jazz band led by Parisian singer Elizabeth Bougerol.

Armstrong’s own Creole recipes will inspire the event’s food, prepared by The Cooking Channel’s Tamara Reynolds.

One of the main draws of the evening will be the unveiling of Armstrong’s recently restored Life Mask, a plaster likeness with a painted bronze patina finish that’s believed to have been modeled on the surface of Armstrong’s face during his lifetime.

“Viewing this plaster portrait is almost like seeing Louis’ real face, and it reveals his character as no other image can,” said David Reese, the museum’s curator.

The museum, which has welcomed 100,000 visitors since opening its doors to the public as a historic house in 2003, possesses a wealth of archival jazz material. For International Jazz Day in April 2013, the museum presented recordings from Armstrong’s personal tape collection at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center (also in Corona).

For more information on the Louis Armstrong House Museum, go to louisarmstronghousemuseum.org.

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