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Louis Armstrong Museum Opens New Hot Five Exhibit For Black History Month Jazz Celebration

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Jan 28, 2016 06:50 AM EST

In celebration of Black History Month, the Louis Armstrong House Museum are honoring Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five with an all new exhibit: Hotter Than That –- 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five. The Hot Five has been lauded as the most influential band in jazz history and their recordings stayed a favorite with Armstrong throughout his storied career.

Director of Research Collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Ricky Riccardi, opened up about the Hot Five recordings, touting (via Press Release):

"Louis Armstrong's Hot Five recordings are the most important recordings in jazz history, bar none. Everything stems from them and from Louis specifically. We hope this exhibit pays proper tribute to this landmark group but most of all, we hope it will make visitors further explore their music."

Louis Armstrong himself praised his recording with the Hot Five, starting in 1970:

“Ain’t nothing like it since, and can’t nobody play nothing like it now. My oldest record, can’t nobody touch it.”

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens, New York and iis open Tuesday –- Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 noon –- 5:00 pm. For more information check out LouisArmstrongHouse.org

What do you think about the new exhibit? What is your favorite Louis Armstrong recording? Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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