One treasure is the Louis Armstrong Ambassador Series CDs from Sweden, which contain rare and previously unreleased recordings. The Ambassador CDs feature Louis Armstrong on the radio, Louis live at Carnegie Hall, Louis with Benny Goodman’s sextet, Louis jamming with Fats Waller and much more. The Museum is the world’s exclusive distributor of Ambassador CDs — they are not sold in any other store or online.
The Museum Store’s CD collection also includes: Satchmo at Symphony Hall 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances, a legendary concert issued in complete form for the very first time thanks to the Museum’s Gösta Hägglöf Collection, and Louis Armstrong – The OKeh, Columbia and RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933, a 10-CD set featuring Armstrong’s most famous early recordings in one box.
The Museum Store features many one-of-a-kind gifts including Armstrong T-shirts, caps, tote bags, and a “West End Blues” Frisbee that looks like a 78-record. Books, children’s books, CDs, and DVDs provide one-stop shopping for “everything Armstrong.” Foodies will be delighted to learn that the Museum is the northeast’s exclusive distributor of “Jazzmen Rice” (an aromatic jasmine rice grown in Louisiana), which displays a picture of Armstrong on the front of the bag.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, New York. The Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. No reservations are necessary for individuals but groups of 8 or more should call 718.478.8274 or visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org to make a reservation.
Admission is $10.00, $7.00 for seniors, students and children and free LAHM members and children under 4. Groups with reservations enjoy a discount on admission.