From: Jazz Promo Services
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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 East 126th Street, #2C
New York, NY 10035
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Jazz for Curious Listeners
Pops is Tops: Louis Armstrong at 109: Louis ’65: Eastern Europe
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
Join host Ricky Riccardi for our annual PopsFest!
Louis Armstrong was invited to visit Central and Eastern Europe for four weeks in the spring of 1965, and he barnstormed through Prague, Leipzig, East Berlin, West Berlin, Frankfurt, Bucharest, Belgrade, Zagreb, Liubljana, back to East Berlin, then on to Magdeburg, Erfurt, Schwerin, and East Berlin again–an itinerary that would have felled anyone without Armstrong’s enormous reserves. In June 1965, only two months after his return home, Armstrong was off to Eastern Europe again, and in Budapest 91,000 persons jammed the NEP Stadium to hear him play.
Riccardi, one of the reigning experts on the late career of Armstrong, will be joined by museum Executive Director Loren Schoenberg to venture into this important tour overseas, midway through the turbulent 60s at home.