Marsalis Family To Honor Louis Armstrong
One of the most distinguished families in jazz will pay tribute to its patriarch, alongside one of the founding fathers of jazz itself, Louis Armstrong. The benefit concert, "Satchmo to Marsalis: A TrOne of the most distinguished families in jazz will pay tribute to its patriarch, alongside one of the founding fathers of jazz itself, Louis Armstrong. The benefit concert, "Satchmo to Marsalis: A Tribute to the Fathers of Jazz," will be held Aug. 4 at the Kiefer/UNO Lakefront Arena at the University of New Orleans.
Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis has taught music in New Orleans for 34 years and currently directs the Jazz Studies program at the university. He will be joined on stage by his four musician sons, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, as well as his former pupil, pianist Harry Connick Jr. This will be the first time all six musicians have shared a stage together. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the University's Jazz Studies program.
Aug. 4 is the 100th anniversary of Louis Armstrong's birth, and the concert is part of a weekend-long Louis Armstrong Centennial Celebration sponsored by the university. Among the other events slated for the celebration are the Louis Armstrong Centennial Conference, for which scholars and musicians will hold sessions at the Louisiana State Museum discussing Armstrong's art and the lasting impact of his work, and Satchmo SummerFest, a food-and-music festival to be held in New Orleans' French Quarter.
Considered by many the most influential musician in jazz, Armstrong passed away in 1971 after a 50-year career that was both artistically groundbreaking and commercially successful. A collection of his work, "Ken Burns Jazz: The Definitive Louis Armstrong," peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart in January.
For more information and ticket sales for the Louis Armstrong Centennial Celebration, visit the event's official Web site.