As a part of my 50th Birthday Bucket List Journey- Nola and the Satchmo Fest on the list to mark off in 2015… Before my career as a travel professional I spent 20 years in the restaurant industry! Once a Chef always a Chef! Have you been to the Satchmo Fest? Love to meet up with some bloggers there! firstname.lastname@example.org Cindy Bucket List Coach
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901. By the time he was in his 20s he was already starting to change the face of American popular music. By the time of his death 70 years later, he had completely revolutionized it.
One of the most dynamic personalities of the 20th century, Armstrong almost single-handedly transformed jazz into the popular musical art form it is today. With his trademark solos, his gravelly voice and numerous other stylistic innovations, he became a recording industry superstar and a movie star, as well, playing himself and his horn with a broad, infectious grin. He was a goodwill ambassador for his country for much of his adult life, traveling widely and introducing American jazz to the world.
Although he spent most of his adult life elsewhere and is buried in New York City, Satchmo never forgot his native city. And his native city never forgot him. Satchmo SummerFest started out to be a one-time salute in 2001 to commemorate his 100th anniversary and reaffirm his vital role in the development of American musical culture. However, the festival that year succeeded so well that the city and the festival’s sponsor, French Quarter Festivals, Inc., decided to make it an annual event.