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“Satchmo” Summer Jazz Camp to Celebrate 25 Years

Jackie Harris started the New Orleans-based camp to keep jazz alive in its hometown

Satchmo Jazz Camp
Students at the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz Camp (photo: JR Thomason)

It was in the 1990s that Louisiana state officials decided to cut funding for music education in New Orleans schools. Alarmed at the decision, Jackie Harris—founder of the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp—worried for the fate of jazz in its hometown.

“We were really concerned and felt it would affect New Orleans’s ability to continue to perpetuate the art form that was created here,” Harris says. “We certainly couldn’t create a school, but we decided to do a jazz camp.”   

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Matthew Bernat

Matthew Bernat is an associate editor at Boston-based Madavor Media, publisher of JazzTimes and many other titles catering to a diverse audience of passionate enthusiasts. He is a journalist with a decade of experience reporting in New England.