The Louie Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th St., Corona
The great Satchmo is in the hearts of all music lovers, regardless of whether or not you’re from Queens. Of all the places in the world, Louis chose Queens to be his home and bought a home on 107th Street in 1943. It later became The Louie Armstrong House Museum, which is a national historic and New York City landmark.
Louis would often go out to his porch on the evenings and serenade the neighborhood. Today, the house is dedicated to the preservation of his memory, music and ideals. As museum-goers wander the rooms, recorded conversations that the trumpet player had with his wife and guests are played. The museum also presents public programs, such as exhibits, concerts, lectures and film screenings.
On July 4, the museum stays open late and offers a special jazz concert in the Armstrongs’ Japanese-inspired garden. Every visitor gets a free piece of birthday cake. Throughout the course of the summer, the museum also hosts performances by top jazz bands. Past performers include the Baby Soda Jazz Band, Gotham Kings, and Gordon Au and the Grand Street Stompers.