Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong lived a pretty middle class life in Corona Queens, while also traveling all around the world to play and present music that delighted many and introduced even more to Jazz.
But before that, Armstrong may well have been the most important figure in all of jazz history musically, pushing and extending and disciplining the form, before he then helped popularize it.
Which is why his old house out in Corona is now a museum.
Yesterday, Dr. John, the Nite Tripper and an icon of the New Orleans music scene that Armstrong came from long ago, visited and played Satchmo’s piano in Satchmo’s museum, promoting Dr. John’s new album, which is a tribute to Armstrong’s overwhelming influence on New Orleans music and the creation of jazz in the early part of the 1900s.
A master in a masters house.