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New Orleans Is on a Roll forSatchmo's 100th

July 22, 2001

New Orleans is mounting a four-day festival of music, seminars, artwork, food and family fun Aug. 2 to 5 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Louis Armstrong's birth. The jazz trumpeter claimed July 4, 1900, as his birthday, but documents discovered after his death in 1971 point to Aug. 4, 1901, as the actual date.

Highlights of the Satchmo SummerFest include an Aug. 4 concert with Ellis Marsalis and his four musical sons, plus Harry Connick Jr. (tickets $35 and up; Internet http://www.ticketmaster.com); a four-day conference on Armstrong ($75 registration; telephone [504] 280-6680, http://www.satchmo.com); a music and food festival in the French Quarter (free admission; noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5); children's activities (noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5); a jazz Mass at 10 a.m. Aug. 5, followed by a jazz parade in the French Quarter; and several art and photography exhibits on Armstrong's life.

As part of the celebration, New Orleans International Airport will be renamed Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in an Aug. 2 ceremony.

In all, the festival will offer more than 40 seminars, events and exhibits. For information and schedules, call (800) 673-5725 or visit http://www.satchmosummerfest.com.

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