I had the great pleasure of meeting the Louis Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi at the Armstrong Archives (they’re in the Queens College Library and they’re a marvel) so that we could have a brief chat about his new book, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD: THE MAGIC OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S LATER YEARS (Pantheon). The book will be out on June 21 although you can pre-order it on Amazon.
It’s a wonderful book, and I’ll have more to say about that in a few weeks. But here’s its young author — informed, sincere, down-to-earth and full of love for his subject. And I’m not the only one who thinks so:
“The story of Louis Armstrong’s later years is the great untold tale of postwar jazz. Now Ricky Riccardi has told it to perfection,” says Terry Teachout, author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
Now do you understand why Louis smiles while Ricky is speaking?
You’ll have another opportunity to meet Ricky, to buy an autographed copy of his book . . . and where better than at a summer garden party at the Louis Armstrong House Museum? The book party will take place in the Armstrong Garden at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Sunday, June 26 from 2-4 PM.
Tickets are $35, which includes an autographed book, a guided tour of the Armstrong House and refreshments. $25 for LAHM members.
Space is limited. Make your reservation today!
Reservations can be made at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further questions call the museum at (718) 478-8274.
The LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM is located at 34-56 107th Street, Corona, Queens, New York City 11368. It’s easy to get there by car or by public transportation.
If you can’t come to the party, I hope you will buy a copy of Ricky’s book and consider becoming a member of the Louis Armstrong House Museum — a down-home shrine visited by people from every country on the globe. Members support their mission — making sure the joy Louis spread is never forgotten — and receive exclusive benefits throughout the year, including: free admission for historic house tours, special member discount to all events, a subscription to Dippermouth News, a sneak peek of upcoming events, 10% discount in our museum store, pre-show parties with other members, and much more.