Last night (Wednesday, March 18), the Beloved and I went to Birdland to be part of the joyous celebration of George Avakian’s ninetieth birthday, with stellar music from the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band to elevate us all.
I had my video camera and hope to post some live clips from this very happy evening.
Midway through the evening, David Ostwald announced a “Louis Armstrong trivia contest,” with the prize — courtesy of Michael Cogswell — a two-for-the-price-of-one ticket to the Louis Armstrong House / Museum in Corona, Queens. I knew the answer to the question — who was Louis’s third wife? (Alpha!) and I won the prize.
But I’ve been to the House before, and I’d rather give this wonderful experience to someone who hasn’t ever had the chance.
Here it is — the First Official Jazz Lives Louis Armstrong Contest.
To win this ticket (good until January 1, 2010) write me no more than 500 words on what your favorite Louis Armstrong recordings are. I will post the comments. Entries will be judged on their originality and perceptiveness, as always. The contest will end on Friday, March 27, at midnight. And, of course, all entries become the property of the Management, whatever that means.
Seriously, I would like to hear from people who have never been to the House but love Louis. And if you live in Colorado or Oaxaca, you might have to convince me that you actually are going to visit New York City before next January.
Let the fun begin!