Satchmo SummerFest music announced
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NEW ORLEANS — French Quarter Festival announces the complete music schedule for the 14th Annual Satchmo SummerFest. The American jazz festival dedicated to the life, legacy and music of New Orleans’ native son Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the free Satchmo SummerFest takes place Aug. 1 to 3 on the grounds of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint.
Two stages will feature more than 40 contemporary and traditional jazz musicians and brass bands, the French Quarter Festival news release stated. Aug. 1, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band makes its Satchmo SummerFest debut. Often credited with revitalizing brass bands in New Orleans and around the world, the group will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015.
Brass bands will be heard throughout the weekend with performances from PresHall Brass, Treme Brass Band, Original Pinettes, and more. Other artists making their Satchmo SummerFest debut are Joe Lastie, Mario Abney and the Abney Effect, Brass-A-Holics, and the Smoking Time Jazz Club.
Critically acclaimed trombonist, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon will again perform at Satchmo SummerFest. Gordon, an eight-time recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association “Trombonist of the Year” award and DownBeat Magazine’s “Critics Choice Trombonist” two years running, credits Louis Armstrong as a primary influence on his own life in music, the release said.
Yoshio Toyama, the “Satchmo of Japan” will celebrate his love of New Orleans and Armstrong during his festival performance on Aug. 2. Kermit Ruffins, in keeping with tradition, will close out the festival by leading a Trumpet Tribute to Armstrong on Aug. 3. Other festival favorites include John Boutte, Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest, Charmaine Neville, Glen David Andrews, and many more.
The complete music schedule includes:
—Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage: noon to 1 p.m. PresHall Brass; 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Clive Wilson’s Satchmo Serenade; 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. John Boutte; 5 to 6 p.m. Charmaine Neville; 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band; and 8 to 9 p.m. James Andrews.
—Cornet Chop Suey Stage: 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free Swing Dance Lesson; 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The Smoking Time Jazz Club; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders; 2:30 to 3 p.m. Free Swing Dance Lesson; 3 to 4 p.m. Shannon Powell & his Traditional All-Stars; 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Connie Jones and Tim Laughlin; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The New Orleans Moonshiners; 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest; and 8 to 9 p.m. Wycliffe Gordon.
—Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage: noon to 1 p.m. Lars Edegran’s Ragtime Orchestra; 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Shotgun Jazz Band; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Treme Brass Band; 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints; 5 to 6:15 p.m. Joe Lastie; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mario Abney and the Abney Effect; and 7:45 to 9 p.m. Brass-A-Holics.
—Cornet Chop Suey Stage: 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free Swing Dance Lesson; 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Capitol Focus Jazz Band; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers; 2:30 to 3 p.m. Free Swing Dance Lesson; 3 to 4 p.m. Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band; 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Kid Merv and All That Jazz; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Evan Christopher & Clarinet Road; 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony; and 8 to 9 p.m. Glen David Andrews.
—Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage: noon to 1 p.m. The Norbert Slama Quartet; 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Louis Ford and His New Orleans Flairs; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mahogany Brass Band; 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Jeremy Davenport; 5 to 6:15 p.m. The Ella & Louie Tribute Band; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers; and 7:30 to 8 p.m. Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong (with Kermit Ruffins).
—Cornet Chop Suey Stage: 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free Swing Dance Lesson; 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Red Wolf Brass Band; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Carl LeBlanc; 2:30 to 3 p.m. Free Swing Dance Lesson; 3 to 4 p.m. Steve Pistorius Southern Syncopators; 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The Calvin Johnson Quintet; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants; and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Original Pinettes Brass Band
For more information on all FQFI festivals and events visit our website at www.fqfi.org or call 504-522-5730.
About Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in an area known as “Back o’ Town.” Throughout his career, he entertained millions — from heads of state and royalty to the kids on his stoop in Corona, N.Y.
Despite his fame, he lived a simple life in a working-class neighborhood. The man known around the world as “Satchmo” was widely recognized as a founding father of jazz — a uniquely American art form. His influence, as an artist and cultural icon, is universal.
Satchmo SummerFest is produced by French Quarter Festivals Inc. (www.fqfi.org), the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which also produces French Quarter Festival in April and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. French Quarter Festivals Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic wellbeing of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.