The Louis Armstrong Society

The Louis Armstrong Society

3530 Rue Delphine
New Orleans, LA 70131
(504) 391-9866

Louis Armstrong was America’s Ambassador of Jazz. The Louis Armstrong Society was formed in 2001 during the celebration of Louis Armstrong’s centennial birthday. The mission was simple; to share the spirit of Louis with people around the world. That spirit was based on Louis’s perspective of life. Although he played for kings and queens, head of states, and crowds all over the world, he maintained a simple, joyous view of life. The first public performance by the Louis Armstrong Society’s Jazz Band (LASJB) was on September 10, 2001 for an enthusiastic group in Fort Worth, Texas. Unfortunately, the events of the next day (9/11) would reshape world history. Unable to fly home on the morning of September 11th, the band members rented a van and drove from Dallas to New Orleans. Little did we know or understand how the events of that day would change the world and slow the plans of the Louis Armstrong Society.

Performances continued in 2002 and 2003 across the country although the scheduling of dates was tenuous. Airline security and arts funding changed as we all tried to come to terms with a new reality.

In the spring of 2004, a decision was made to proceed with the opening of a jazz club called “Satchmo’s Place” in the New Orleans’ French Quarter. The time seemed right. The world was adjusting to a “new normal” and it was time to start again. “Satchmo’s Place” opened in September of 2004 with the band performing two shows a night, five nights a week. In August of 2005 the society reviewed the operation and declared it a success. People were lined up to purchase tickets and the grass roots support was beginning to swell. We announced “Come see us right after Labor Day!” Hurricane Katrina hit August 29, 2005 and once again the society faced a world- changing event.

Although the society’s jazz band continues to perform for private events from time to time,“Satchmo’s Place” was economically devastated and has been unable to reopen as of August 30, 2007. The musicians have been scattered from as far as Europe to Japan and some remain there to this day. We continue to search for another “new normal”.

As of the spring of 2009, we are pleased to announce plans to return to weekly performances at a local restaurant in the New Orleans French Quarter (stay tuned!)

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