Free Film Screening at Louis Armstrong House Museum May 12

Rare film captures Satchmo on tour in England and visiting Africa

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Melissa Mergner

Inside the Louis Armstrong House

A free screening of the film Satchmo the Great will take place next Saturday, May 12th, at 8:00 pm in the Garden at Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, N.Y. The screening is part of a grant contest sponsored by American Express and the National Historic Trust. This film was released in 1957 and is now a collector’s item. Seating is limited for this free screening and is available on a first-come basis.

Satchmo the Great<./ > was produced and written by the legendary newscaster Edward R. Murrow and captures the essence of Louis Armstrong’s “Ambassador of Goodwill” period 1956 tour of England, his first since 1932. It also covers Armstrong’s three-day tour of Africa’s Gold Coast. Murrow also filmed Armstrong at Lewisohn Stadium in New York City, joining forces with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic for a symphonic version of “St. Louis Blues.”