Baltimore Salutes Jazz Legend Louis Armstrong

       The Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute, and Coppin State College are coming together to celebrate jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

      Called “Celebrating Satchmo,” the two-week festival will begin on August 10 at the Central Library with a free concert featuring Baltimore trumpeter Dontae Winslow. The festival finale, on August 26, will feature the renowned Jon Faddis in a trumpet concert at Coppin State College’s James Weldon Johnson Auditorium.

      Two Armstrong films will be shown at the Central Library’s Wheeler Auditorium. “Louis Armstrong” can be seen on the 15th and “New Orleans” on the 22nd. Both screenings will begin at 6:30 pm. Thomas Cripps, Morgan State University Professor Emeritus, will introduce and discuss the films.

      A “What a Wonderful World: Satchmo Swings” program for children ages 2-6 and their parents/caregivers will be held at the Central Library on August 11th at 10:30 a.m. The presenter will be children’s librarian Michelle Irvine.

      For other locations of “Satchmo Swings” programs or for more information, call 410-396-5495 (Pratt Library), 410-225-3130 (Eubie Blake Center), or 410-383-5930 (Coppin State College).

      Coppin State College’s James Weldon Johnson Auditorium is at 2500 W. North Avenue. The Eubie Blake Center is at 847 N. Howard Street.


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This story was published on August 1, 2001.