Have you ever wondered what Louis Armstrong’s house looked like? Well, hightail it to Corona, Queens, where you can take a guided tour of the house he and Lucille lived in from 1943 onwards. I did, and felt right at home – it has a very comfortable, low key feel – until you see the bathroom, which would make any Las Vegas hotel pale by comparison. You’ll find out lots about this musical giant on the tour: how Armstrong tape recorded just about everything, including his conversations with Lucille, and how he toured incessantly, playing some 300 concerts a year, all around the world. Not to mention the 30+ films he acted in! Armstrong had a close relationship with the neighborhood, especially the kids, whom he’d entertain on his stoop. You can take a 40-minute guided tour Tuesdays through Sundays Be sure to leave plenty of time to check out the gift shop, especially the cd’s!
On select Saturdays in July and August, the Museum’s hosting afternoon concerts
If you’re interested in doing more research, the Museum holds several collections of recordings, photographs, correspondence and instruments that are housed at Queens College, and available to the public by appointment.