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:

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.

2 responses to “COME AND JOIN THE JUBILEE!

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  2. Thanks for the video! Always the “Two Louis” theory for me sounds like a joke from a cartoon movie: The “bad” commercial (devilish) Louis and a “good” artistic Louis with angel wings fight the big battle for good taste … ha,ha … Years ago I have read the book from JL Collier and I felt uncomfortable with it. I don’t remember the exact phrase, but Collier claimed it would have been better if Louis had retierd after his disease in 1959. He would take to receive awards in nursing home. Garbage! That means no Duke of Dixieland recordings, no Duke Ellington session, no Hello Dolly, no East Europe tour, no What A Wonderful World, no Johnny Cash show appearance … A passionate musician can’t stop easily. The biggest award is his audience … Can a bird stop flying? Certainly Louis sings in Italian language or the Country & Western album are matter of personal taste, but never a song of him hurts my ears! I understand Ricky’s motivation to write this book and ordered it a long time ago. I hope this year ist THE year and later it would be created a German translation!

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