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Satchmo SummerFest Bolsters and Celebrates Jazz

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The Satchmo SummerFest celebrates New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz with live performances as well as stimulating seminars that help bolster the musical art form. The free festival is named for New Orleans native, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and takes place annually on the grounds of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.

One of dozens of festivals held each year in the Crescent City, the Satchmo SummerFest is specifically designed for jazz aficionados. More than 40 contemporary and traditional jazz musicians from around the world play on two outdoor stages during the three-day event. Numerous notable brass bands also perform.

Beginning with a “keynote conversation” on the first evening, the festival also features numerous seminars and discussions about the history and progression of jazz in New Orleans and the music of Louis Armstrong.

A culinary court, nicknamed Red Bean Alley, offers a large variety of contemporary and classic local cuisine from New Orleans restaurants. It is a nod to Armstrong’s famed signoff in letters, “Red Beans and Ricely Yours.”

Photo Credit: French Quarter Festivals, Inc.