Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World 50th Anniversary Celebrated In New York City

The 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” is being celebrated in New York City with a series of free events. Queens Library, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College have joined forces to commemorate the anniversary at all 62 branches of the library until June 30th. The late jazz innovator who made the trumpet his instrument lived in Queens most of his life. It was three generations of families that he saw in his neighborhood that inspired “What A Wonderful World.” 

The celebration features performances from live bands including David Ostwald’s Grammy-nominated Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and a bilingual lecture series with English and Spanish-speaking lecturers. 

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May 14: Blue Pipa: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back (Fresh Meadows Library)
May 18: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in English; at Glen Oaks Library)
May 24: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Langston Hughes Library)
May 26: Radio Jarocho (Langston Hughes Library)
June 2: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in Spanish; at Jackson Heights Library)
June 4: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in Spanish; at Astoria Library)
June 9: Akoko Nante Ensemble (Jackson Heights Library)
June 14: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Flushing Library)
June 16: Akoko Nante Ensemble (Glen Oaks Library)
June 19: Blue Pipa: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back (Windsor Park Library)
June 25: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in English; at Forest Hills Library)
June 29: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Peninsula Library)
June 30: Prasanna (Flushing Library)
June 30: Radio Jarocho (Forest Hills Library)
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