The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona Queens is sitting on a coveted gift this holiday season and people all over the world are learning about it, thanks to muscian Elvis Costello. The museum is the only place in the United States where music lovers can pick up Satchmo: Ambassador of Jazz, the monumental, career-spanning Louis Armstrong boxed set recommended by Costello.
On November 29, Elvis used his website to dissuade fans from buying his own new boxed set, noting that its suggested retail price of $329.99 was too high. Instead he recommended the Ambassador of Jazz box set which is currently out of stock on Amazon.com and can only be purchased at the Queens’ Louis Armstrong House Museum for $149.99.
About The Ambassador of Jazz
Beginning with his earliest recordings with King Oliver in 1923 and ending with live performances of some of his best-loved tunes at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1970, Satchmo: Ambassador of Jazz includes all of Armstrong’s signature repertoire, such as “West End Blues,” “Heebie Jeebies,” “Star Dust,” “When You’re Smiling,” “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue,” “La Vie En Rose,” “Mack the Knife,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Hello, Dolly,” and “What a Wonderful World.”
In addition, the set includes rare treasures, such as an intimate portrait of Louis Armstrong in the recording studio, rehearsing and perfecting performances with Oscar Peterson; an entire live set by Armstrong and His All Stars at the Hollywood Bowl; and his 75-minute interview with Dan Morgenstern and Jack Bradley, conducted in the den in Armstrong’s Corona home in May 1965. The box features a hardcover Armstrong biography written by Richard Havers, illustrated with rare photographs from the museum’s collection as well as sheet music and special collectable mementos inside a suitcase-shaped box.
How to Buy:
Visit the museum gift shop located at: 34-56 107th Street Corona, NY 11368
At post time, 42 box sets were left.