"Louis Armstrong was a God-gifted cultural amalgamation of all the best that America has to offer: He was an artist and humanitarian of the highest order," says Jon Batiste, the "contemporary jazz torchbearer," (Billboard) who will curate the upcoming fourth annual Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World festival on July 8th at the historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
"Armed with visionary, interpretational genius, and an irrepressible charisma, he broke down artistic, racial, social, and cultural barriers," Batiste continues. "Using his nonpareil trumpet ability, he reinvented American music. This festival is a celebration of what his legacy means to me... I couldn't be more excited to light up Queens, his home away from home."
The free, all-ages festival will channel the rich jazz influences of Armstrong through a variety of musical genres, staying true to Armstrong's mantra that "You gotta listen to all types of music."
The confirmed line-up includes Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, member of The Dap-Kings with a featured headline performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human.