Louis Armstrong celebrated in new exhibition curated by Jason Moran

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“Louis provokes all music. He stands in the stream and alters the current.”

Jazz legend Louis Armstrong is being celebrated in a new permanent exhibition called Here To Stay curated by Jason Moran at the Armstrong Centre, in Queens, New York City.

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Born in 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Armstrong rose to prominence during the 1920s, becoming a foundational figure in jazz.

Weaving together photographs, sheet music, recordings, correspondence and other ephemera, Here To Stay will showcase Armstrong’s innovative trumpet work, his relationship with his wife Lucille Wilson, and his multifaceted cultural legacy.

“Louis provokes all music. He stands in the stream and alters the current. … The musical policies he branded became blueprints, and those blueprints become a metropolis,” says Moran.

The Armstrong Centre is currently scheduled to open in 2021, and is located across the street from the former home of Armstrong and Wilson.

Head here for more info on Here To Stay.