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They’ll be dancing in the streets!

The Louis Armstrong House Museum will host its annual Jazzmobile block party in Corona on Thursday, Aug. 17. Admission is free, and 107th Street between 34th and 37th avenues will be closed for automobiles during the entire event.

The fun will kick off with family activities and food at 4 p.m. Then, the live music will fire up with Eric Kurimski and Moneco Cumbia Band at 5:30 p.m. A favorite at Latin night club Terraza 7 in Elmhurst and Manhattan venues such as SOB’s, Kurimski is NYC’s most sought-after guitar player in the African-Peruvian genre. He has created a unique niche by fusing jazz with the cajon, a box-shaped percussion instrument played by hitting the front or rear with hands, fingers or stick-like implements.

Kurimski puts the cajon at the center of his songs, blending acoustic and electrical tones to his overall sound. (Popularized by slaves of African origin, the cajon has been a part of Peruvian music since the 18th century.)

Ray Mantilla is scheduled to take the makeshift sidewalk stage at 7 p.m. Born and raised in the South Bronx when African-Caribbean music filled every street corner and passing car, Mantilla has a unique jazz style, full of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Nuyorican influences. A short list of this legendary percussionist and bandleader’s credits includes gigs with Tito Puente, Charles Mingus and Eddie Palmieri.

As it does every year, the Jazzmobile party will take place inside — and in front of — the Armstrong House property, but the other side of the street will get a lot of attention this year. On July 17, a ground-breaking ceremony welcomed plans for the $23 million, 14,000-square-foot Louis Armstrong House Museum Education Center there. It’s still basically an empty lot, but soon the new facility will feature a state-of-the-art exhibition gallery, 68-seat jazz club and museum store. The venue will also house the Louis Armstrong Archives, which are currently at Queens College.

Armstrong, who was known as “Satchmo,” was one of the most famous jazz musicians of all time, rising to prominence in the 1920s with his cornet, trumpet and bandleader skills. He and his wife, Lucille, moved into their home at 34-56 107th St. in 1943 and lived there for the remainder of their lives. Lucille outlived him, and upon her 1983 death, she donated the property to the city for use as a museum.

Images: Louis Armstrong House Museum


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