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What a Wonderful Weekend 

From trumpet trios to red beans, the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong are feted in the city of his birth.

To commemorate Louis Armstrong's 100th birthday, Gambit Weekly is co-sponsoring "From Satchmo to Marsalis," the Sat., Aug. 4, reunion of Ellis Marsalis with his sons Wynton, Branford, Jason and Delfeayo, and his former student Harry Connick Jr. This concert is a highlight of Satchmo SummerFest, a celebration of all things Armstrong. Other activities include a free festival with Armstrong-inspired performances, panels and lectures with Armstrong scholars and bandmates, a jazz mass, and childrens' events. The following is a sampling of Satchmo SummerFest happenings; for the complete schedule, go to the Web site www.frenchquarterfestivals.org, pick up a brochure at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Ave.), or call French Quarter Festivals at 522-5730. Unless otherwise specified, all events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, Aug. 2

5:30-7:30 p.m. Opening Reception for the Louis Armstrong Art Show A Tribute to Satchmo -- Crescent City Brewhouse, 527 Decatur St.

8 p.m. Rededication of the New Orleans International Airport -- A reception and musical tribute accompanies the renaming of what will now be known as the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Friday, Aug. 3

6-9 p.m. Opening Reception for the Sweet Emma Barrett Exhibit -- The public is invited to the opening of an exhibit honoring "Sweet Emma, the Bell Gal," one of the city's most beloved bandleaders. New Orleans African-American Museum, 1418 Gov. Nicholls St., 565-7497.

7 p.m.-2 a.m. "Satchmo Club Strut" -- Stroll the Decatur/Frenchmen music corridor for a special "Pay One Price" club crawl to Snug Harbor, Palm Court Jazz Café, El Matador, Café Brazil, the Tin Roof Café, and other clubs for performances by groups such as Arvell Shaw and the Armstrong Alumni Allstars, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Astral Project, David Dunbar and the Southern Peach Sweet Tarts with Ellen Rogers, and Irakli and the Louis Ambassadors from France. The strut is a fundraiser for the Jazz Centennial Celebration's educational outreach programs. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance from www.louisianamusic.org or 1-866-468-7630, or from Snug Harbor and Palm Court on the evening of the event.

Saturday, Aug. 4

Noon-7 p.m. Satchmo Summerfest -- A free celebration of food, music, and fun in honor of Pops. Red Bean Alley will offer for purchase a sampling of food from area restaurants and vendors, including new variations on Satchmo's favorite bean: red bean and turtle chili from Crescent City Brewhouse, red bean lasagna from Praline Connection, and red bean and smoked tasso cakes from Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Grill. The following bands are performing:

Southern Comfort Stage

Noon -- James Andrews, "Satchmo of the Ghetto"

1:30-2:30 p.m. -- The Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Band

2:45-4 p.m. -- Chris Clifton & his All-Stars

4:15-5:30 p.m. -- Heritage Hall Jazz Band, featuring Jewel Brown, Armstrong's vocalist from 1961-1968

5:45 p.m. -- Louisiana Repertory Ensemble

NewOrleans.Com Brass Band Stage

Noon-1 p.m. -- Treme Brass Band

1:45-3:15 p.m. -- Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band

3:30-5 p.m. -- Paragon Brass Band

5:15-7 p.m. -- Olympia Brass Band

8 p.m. -- "From Satchmo to Marsalis"

Ellis, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis reunite in a historic concert that also features Ellis' former student Harry Connick Jr. Tickets start at $35 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 522-5555. Gambit Weekly is a sponsor of this event.

Sunday, Aug. 5

10 a.m.-Noon -- Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church

In the historic Treme neighborhood, featuring the Jazz Kings, sponsored by the Heritage Music Mass Series. St. Augustine Church (the church of Sidney Bechet), 1210 Gov. Nicholls St.

11 a.m. -- "Three Trumpets of Treme"

Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews and Trombone Shorty pay tribute to Louis Armstrong in Treme, the nation's oldest African-American neighborhood. Backstreet Cultural Museum, 1116 St. Claude St.

Noon -- Second Line Parade from St. Augustine to the Old U.S. Mint

The tradition of the second line, accented with brass bands and social aid and pleasure clubs, pays tribute to the joy of jazz.

Noon-7 p.m. -- Satchmo Summerfest

A free celebration of food, music and fun in honor of Pops. See Saturday listing for information about Red Bean Alley.

The following bands and individuals perform on Sunday:

Southern Comfort Stage

Noon-1 p.m. -- Last Straws

1:15-2:30 p.m. -- New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra presents "New Orleans Music of Satchmo's Youth"

2:45-4 p.m. -- Clive Wilson's Satchmo Serenade with Butch Thompson

4:15-5:15 p.m. -- Irakli and the Louis Ambassadors with an "All Star Repertoire"

5:30-6:30 p.m. -- Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers

6:30-7 p.m. -- Trumpet Tribute with guest musicians

New Orleans.com Brass Band Stage

12:00-1:30 p.m. -- Louis Cottrell Brass Band

1:45-3:15 p.m. -- Algiers Brass Band

3:30-5 p.m. -- Michael White's Liberty Brass Band

5:15-6:30 p.m. -- Storyville Stompers

click to enlarge Local artist Richard Thomas' "Satchmo Totem," a serigraph depicting the life of Louis Armstrong, is available for purchase at the U.S. Mint during Satchmo SummerFest or at www. Frenchquarterfestivals.org. - RICHARD THOMAS
  • Richard Thomas
  • Local artist Richard Thomas' "Satchmo Totem," a serigraph depicting the life of Louis Armstrong, is available for purchase at the U.S. Mint during Satchmo SummerFest or at www. Frenchquarterfestivals.org.
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