This summer Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s neighbors in Corona, Queens can look forward to the block party of the year on Tuesday July 16th at 7:00 pm. That’s when Jazzmobile, which has been presenting summer concerts in New York City for over three decades, will be rolling up to the Armstrong House on 107th Street, between 34th and 37th Avenues, for a free, outdoor performance by the Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet. This concert marks the 101st anniversary of the birth of jazz legend and American icon Louis Armstrong. The man known around the world as "Satchmo" lived at 34-56 107th Street from 1943 until his death in 1971. (Click here to find out more about the Louis Armstrong House.) This is the second year we have celebrated Armstrong’s birth with Jazzmobile-last year neighbors were treated to a concert by Corona resident and saxophone giant Jimmy Heath and his quartet. Ray Vega, one of Latin jazz’s hottest new artists, is a veteran of the New York salsa and Latin jazz scenes, and has toured with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Nieves, Celia Cruz, and many more. In addition to being a phenomenal trumpet player, Ray is a talented percussionist, composer, and arranger. His sextet presents Latin jazz from a refreshingly original and contemporary perspective.
This concert is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, and Newsday.