In the jazz world, all it takes is a singular name to identify a legend: Satchmo.
The legendary Apollo Theater is doing their part in ensuring that Louis Armstrong, the trumpeter whose uncanny talent shined throughout the Roaring 20’s and beyond, is immortalized forever.
The famed trumpeter will be added to the walk, on 125th St. in front of the iconic Harlem theater in ceremonies Friday. Armstrong will join 17 others, including music greats James Brown, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle.
The event will feature a New Orleans-style second line parade and presentations recognizing Armstrong, a native of The Big Easy.
“From Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, the Apollo’s lauded lineage has earned it the distinction of being one of Harlem’s original jazz shrines,” said Apollo executive producer Mikki Shepard.
“We are excited to celebrate the Apollo’s jazz legacy, as well as the birthplace of this genre, by inducting Louis Armstrong into the Walk of Fame and presenting performances by some of the best jazz musicians performing today during the New Orleans to Harlem Jazz Weekend,” Shepard said.
Armstrong is renown for his classic hits such as “What a Wonderful World,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “When The Saints Go Marching In” as well as his distinctively grave voice while singing.
His discography doesn’t have to be “your grandparents music,” boys and girls. It’s never too late to get hip.