NYC Louis Armstrong museum celebrates his Hot 5 band
NEW YORK (AP) — In time for February’s Black History Month, New York City’s Louis Armstrong House Museum has a new exhibition that focuses on the recordings of the jazz great’s Hot Five band.
They were the first records produced under Armstrong’s own name and included hits like “Heebie Jeebies” and “Cornet Chop Suey.”
The “Hotter Than That - 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five” exhibition showcases original 78-rpm recordings and album cover designs. The band’s music plays in the background.
Visitors will get a reproduction of one of Armstrong’s early scrapbook pages showing how the records were marketed.
They’ll also hear the trumpeter’s own voice via his reel-to-reel tape recordings talking about civil rights and related issues.
The museum is housed in Armstrong’s home in Corona, Queens.
The show runs through Oct. 16.