The music sizzles. The audience chills.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum’s three-concert Hot Jazz/Cool Garden 2018 series will kick off with Terell Stafford on Wednesday, July 4, at 2 p.m.

Stafford (below photo) is a talented trumpeter, just like Satchmo. He’s known for his versatility on the stage, his love of melody, and his adventurous lyricism. The one-time Julliard School teacher has performed with Winton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He’s also a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Large Ensemble.

Like all the Hot Jazz/Cool Garden gigs, attendees will be offered red beans-n-rice and sweet tea, Armstrong’s favorites. But as this show is on July 4, birthday cake will be served as well. (He didn’t have a certificate and there’s disagreement about when Satchmo came into the world, but many historians think the American idol was born on Independence Day, just like his country.)

As per another special offer, ticket-buyers will receive complimentary house tour passes that are valid for six months.

The series will continue with another top-notch trumpeter, Byron Stripling, on Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m.

Stripling has played with the bands of such genre heavyweights as Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck. He’s known for his jazzy vocals, relaxed stage presence, and a signature tribute to Armstrong with an electrifying rendition of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.”

Bria Skonberg (above photo) will close the series on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Yet another tremendous trumpeter, this Canadian millennial has established herself in NYC thanks to her bold horn melodies and adventurous fusions of classic and new jazz. She says that she plays music because it makes her feel like she’s flying.

Admission is $20 to each show, but the full series subscription costs $50.

Now in its twelfth year, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden honors Armstrong’s legacy by presenting live acts of the genre he loved in the Japanese-inspired outdoor garden that he created at the Corona house (34-56 107th St.) where he lived with his fourth wife, Lucille, from 1943 until his death in 1971.

Top image: Bria Skonberg; bottom image: Terell Stafford


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