The streets of New Orleans' French Quarter will be filled with the sounds of brass bands and soulful singers as New Orleans honors native son Louis Armstrong in July and August.
Satchmo Summerfest will celebrate its 15th anniversary July 31-Aug. 2 with more than 40 musical performances.
One of the most famous musicians of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong began as a cornet player before switching to the trumpet. He later gained acclaim as an influential jazz singer.
Armstrong, who from childhood had been called "Satchelmouth" because of his large mouth, was given the nickname "Satchmo" in 1932. That's when the editor of a British music magazine greeted the musician using "Satchmo," which stuck.
New Orleans—a parade-loving city if ever there was one--will launch the festival with a procession beginning at 10:30 a.m. July 31. It will be led by the Storyville Stompers Brass Band.
Longtime jazz artist and vocalist
Besides the music, vendors will be selling some of the food dishes for which New Orleans is famous: beignets, red beans and rice with mustard greens and, of course, po' boy sandwiches.