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Michael Cogswell

Message from the Louis Armstrong House Museum. The LAHM and the Armstrong archives at Queens are my two favourite stops whenever I’m in New York. Moreover, Michael hired the very excellent Ricky Riccardi. JazzLouis Armstronglouis armstrong houseMichael CogswellRicky Riccardi

Tour of Pops’ House

This is my favourite stop whenever I’m in NYC (Corona) — the house and garden gives off a profoundly calming vibe (in person it is very intimate and not as large as one might presume). Here is master biographer, archivist and blogger Ricky Riccardi leading the tour and moreover explaining how he came to be the…

A Surprise for Pops

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Lucille’s surprising Pops with the purchase of 34-56 107th Street, Corona. The full story here. Each time I have the opportunity to be in New York City, a visit to Louis Armstrong House Museum is highest on my list of priorities as is a visit to the archives at Queens run by…

Big News for “Pops” Aficionados

The Louis Armstrong House Museum has acquired the only known film of the great jazz musician in a recording studio, recording the 1959 album, “Satchmo Plays King Oliver.” This exclusive video depicts Armstrong and his All Stars recording the master take of “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” as well as silent footage of them listening to…

Wynton on Pops

This from Wynton on the eve of my visit to Pops’ archives and house hosted by the one and only Ricky Riccardi. JazzLouis Armstronglouis armstrong housenew orleansPops: A Life of Louis ArmstrongRicky Riccardi

Louis Armstrong Arrested 101 Years Ago

New Year’s Eve was a historic day in Louis Armstrong’s life and it was 101 years ago tonight that Louis got arrested for shooting off his stepfather’s pistol (loaded with blanks) during the evening’s celebration. Sent to the Colored Waif’s Home, Little Louis learned the cornet and… the rest is history! Here is how the…