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Poppenhusen Institute to honor Queens icon Louis Armstrong for Black History Month Feb. 18

Jan. 31, 2024 By Rachel Butler

A community cultural center in College Point is hosting a lecture on American trumpeter and vocalist, Louis Armstrong, along with a musical demonstration with musician Jimmy Owens to celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 18.

New Orleans native Owens and vocalist Jennifer Jade Ledesna will be hosting “A Queens icon: Louis Armstrong, The Man and His Music” at the Poppenhusen Institute, located at 114-4 14th Rd., consisting of a lecture and musical demonstration about the legacy of Armstrong, who lived in Queens until his death in 1971.

The event will focus on the impact that Armstrong had on American music and the culture of jazz and how his New Orleans roots forever transformed music in America.

Owens and Ledesna will also speak about the phraseology in music that was created as a result of Armstrong’s legacy which created a lasting impact on the way Jazz vocalists sang.

The event will be kicking off at 3 p.m., with the tour of the facility starting as early as 1 p.m. for all ticket holders. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at

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