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SEEKING SATCH

The second annual “Seeking Satch” trumpet contest, sponsored in part by the French Market, French Quarter Festivals Inc. and German musician and festival promoter Thomas Gerdiken, is looking for “the next Louis Armstrong” — specifically, a New Orleans student in grades 8 through 12 who is adept at Armstrong-style blowing.  

Judges include trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and trumpeter Wendell Brunious.

The contest is May 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in Dutch Alley in the French Market, 916 N. Peters St.; applications are due by May 6.

Among other prizes, the winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to perform at a music festival in Germany and a new B&S trumpet valued at $3,000. Students must bring an instrument to the audition and be able to play any two major scales, play two to three minutes of a musical selection of his or her choosing, play any song popularized by Armstrong, and sight read a piece of music chosen by the judges. Students will be evaluated on technical facility, tone, musicality, sight reading and enthusiasm.

The “Seeking Satch” finalists will perform at the Satchmo SummerFest on Aug. 7.

Email http://akirk@frenchmarket.org for an application.

(The original source for this delightful news story is http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2011/04/seeking_satch_contest_looking.html)

What a wonderful idea!  I’d like to see the New York version of this, with judges Bria Skonberg, Jon-Erik Kellso, and Gordon Au . . . and one of the extra prizes could be a visit to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, where inspiration permeates every molecule of that structure.  (I would offer a Louis Armstrong Special Cigar, but smoking is bad for trumpet players.)  And the young players could also win a lifetime subscription to Ricky Riccardi’s irreplaceable blog, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG.