THE JAZZ INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO DEVOTES 2022 TO HONOR THE GREAT LOUIS ARMSTRONG.

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THE JAZZ INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO DEVOTES 2022 
TO HONOR THE GREAT LOUIS ARMSTRONG.

He arrived in Chicago in 1922 from New Orleans to play as a sideman for King Oliver. He left Chicago an international superstar. Throughout 2022 join us for concerts, exhibits, discussions, and more as we celebrate and tell the story of this master musician's life and legacy. A founding father of jazz, the first pop star, and a cultural ambassador of the United States, he is the incredible Louis Armstrong.

For Immediate Release... Press Contact: Scott Anderson 
April 19, 2022, Scott@JazzInChicago.org 
 847-337-2111 mobile phone 
 
JAZZ INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO HONORS LOUIS ARMSTRONG 
Events are planned all year to celebrate 100 years since Louis Armstrong arrived in Chicago. 
CHICAGO, IL -- The Jazz Institute of Chicago is proud to bring together jazz luminaries from Chicago 
and beyond for a range of concerts and events to honor the man who arrived in Chicago 100 years ago 
and changed the course of America's original art.
 
In 1922 Louis Armstrong made a small splash playing riverboats and clubs in and around New Orleans. Then, that summer, he was summoned by King Oliver to come to Chicago and join his Creole Jazz Band  on the second cornet. He soon dazzled Chicago audiences with new and exciting playing and the astonishing duets he shared with Oliver. His first recorded solo was on the song "Chimes Blues" with King  Oliver on April 5, 1923. 

It was also in Chicago where Louis met his future wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, a gifted pianist and composer who had a profound effect on Armstrong's playing as well as his personal style. Louis and Lil married and bought a home on East 44th on Chicago's Southside. Over the next several years, Lil helped guide Louis from a top-notch local player with country bumpkin charm to an international superstar and America's first cultural ambassador to the world. In Chicago, Louis continued to record 
songs that would alter the course of jazz forever. As Dizzy Gillespie said, "No Louis, no me." 

The current line-up of Jazz Institute of Chicago events is as follows: 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 
CHICAGO LOVES POPS: A CELEBRATION OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG 
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th Street 
Trumpet greats Orbert Davis, Corey Wilkes, and Maurice Brown pay homage to the great Louis. 
Armstrong arrived in Chicago 100 years ago and changed jazz forever. 
Ticket info at www.jazzinchicago.org

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 & 5 at 7PM 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG ART EXHIBITION and CONCERT 
Fulton Street Collective, 1821 W. Hubbard Street
Two evenings of artwork inspired by Louis and Lil Hardin Armstrong with special concerts with Marques Carroll on November 4 and Chris Neal on November 5.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 at 7PM 
JAZZ CITY: TRIBUTE TO ELLA AND LOUIS 
South Shore Cultural Center 7059 S South Shore Dr 
Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald recorded some of the most known and enduring songs in 
jazz history. Bruce Henry and Alysha Monique pay tribute to this exceptional pair. Expect a few 
holiday tunes too!