Louis Armstrong House Museum to Celebrate First Definitive Biography of Louis Armstrong on January 9

December 17, 2009 | Queens College

– Author Terry Teachout to read from POPS: A Life of Louis Armstrong; Book Party to Include Free House Tour

WHAT:           Book party for the much-anticipated POPS – A Life of Louis Armstrong, considered the definitive Armstrong biography, with a reading by the acclaimed author and drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout.  POPS, which has received rave reviews since its debut in November, is listed as one of the top ten best books of 2009 by The New York Times and was chosen by Amazon.com as one of its six “Best of the Month” picks for December.

In POPS, Teachout sheds light on Armstrong as no other biographer before him.  His use of untapped resources—especially hundreds of hours of private conversations Armstrong made while on the road and at home—gives readers a true behind-the-scenes view of this beloved jazz giant.  This treasure trove of recordings is housed at the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College, where Teachout spent endless hours doing research.

This event includes guided tours of the home Armstrong lived in for 28 years, complete with a visit to Armstrong’s den, where many of the recordings and manuscripts used for POPS were created.  New Orleans-style refreshments will be served!

COST:            Free, but reservations are required as space is limited. Email reservations@louisarmstronghouse.org or call the museum at 718-478-8274.

WHEN:           Saturday, January 9, 2010, 2:00 pm

WHERE:        The Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, Queens. For directions, visit www.louisarmstronghourse.org 

BACKGROUND:

Jazz great Louis Armstrong moved to Corona, Queens, with his wife, Lucille, in 1943. The couple spent the rest of their lives in the house. Thanks to the vision and financial support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, their residence—still containing its original furnishings—is a National Historic Landmark administered by Queens College. The tour explores the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong and includes recordings of him enjoying a meal with Lucille at his dining room table, chatting with friends in his living room, and practicing the trumpet in his den. For more information about the Louis Armstrong House Museum, including directions, visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org.

The latest information on POPS and Terry Teachout can be found on his blog at http://www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight/

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