The Louis Armstrong House Museum will honor Armstrong’s pioneering Hot Five band next month, through a new exhibit: Hotter Than That-90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five. According to a press release, “The Hot Five began recording in November 1925 but really hit their stride with their records of February 1926, including hits such as ‘Heebie Jeebies’ and ‘Cornet Chop Suey.'”
This exhibit celebrates these recordings that were the first records ever to be issued under Armstrong’s own name.
The press release states, “In honor of Black History Month, visitors to the museum will take home part of the exhibit with a special collectable reproduction of one of Armstrong’s early scrapbook pages, charting his meteoric rise to stardom in Chicago in the 1920s. Each collectable will also feature an appreciation of the Hot Fives by Director of Research Collections Ricky Riccardi, which will include Armstrong’s own words on this vaunted series of recordings.”
Visitors will hear commentary from Armstrong himself in his own words through the trumpeter’s private reel-to-reel tape collection. The selected recordings feature Armstrong’s role as a Civil Rights pioneer, including his late-1950s decision not to go back to his hometown of New Orleans because of a ban against integrated bands performing in public.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens, New York. The museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. Travel directions and more at Louis Armstrong House or 718.478.8274.