This annual Queens event is always note-worthy.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum will present the Jazzmobile Block Party in Corona on Thursday, Aug. 23.

The four-hour-plus, mostly-outdoor extravaganza will begin with family-friendly activities, such as face-painting and hula hooping, at 4 p.m. The Empanada Papa food truck will be there to sell South American specialties with homemade hot sauces.

Then at 5 p.m., the Jeremy Bosch Quartet will play a unique mix of jazz, salsa, and world music at a makeshift stage on the sidewalk as crowd members sit on fold-up chairs and dance in the inactive roadway.

A child prodigy who received his first full scholarship (of many) to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music when he was 15 years old, Bosch garnered fame soon thereafter while traveling around the world with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The Puerto Rico native had more recent gigs as a band leader at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, and with Grammy winner Sergio George and the Salsa Giants in Madison Square Garden.

The second act, the Roland Guerrero Quartet, is set to start at 7 p.m.

Guerrero is a native New Yorker whose family is Honduran Garifuna, a polyglot ethnic group with African, Caribbean, Central American, and European heritage. The Manhattan School of Music graduate has toured internationally with American jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis and Latin jazz icons like Paquito D’Rivera and Mongo Santamaria. The percussionist currently jams with the Bronx Latin Jazz All Stars and at times the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

This concert is a bit of a homecoming for Guerrero, who is a former student and instructor with the Armstrong House’s Jazzmobile workshop program.

Admission is free, and the block in front of the historic venue, 107th Street between 34th and 37th avenues, will be closed to vehicular traffic the whole time.

Armstrong (1901–1971) is the most famous jazz musician of all time. The trumpeter and his wife, Lucille, bought the house at 34-56 107th St. in 1943. After outliving him, she donated their estate to New York City to be converted into a museum after her death in 1983. Currently, the property, which has national landmark status, is undergoing a $23 million campaign to erect a 14,000-square-foot education center in a lot across the street. The center will feature a state-of-the-art gallery, a 68-seat jazz club, and a gift shop.

Images: Louis Armstrong House Museum


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