TAC presents Louis Armstrong tribute Friday

Published 7:33 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2023

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The Troy Arts Council will present Longineu Parsons and his jazz band in a tribute to Louis Armstrong at 7 p.m. Friday at the Claudia Crosby Theater.

Tickets available via troyartscouncil.com.

“Louis Armstrong? Who’s’ that? the younger generations might ask.

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“Louis Armstrong? That’s Satchmo!” the older generations would respond.

Louis Armstrong, or “Satchmo”,” was an American trumpeter and vocalist. He was among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades and several eras in the history of jazz, said Dr. Dave Camwell, TAC president.

“Friday’s concert will feature Longineu Parsons, one of the nation’s finest trumpet players and his band, as they present the life, story and music of jazz legend, Louis Armstrong,” Camwell said. “The show is engaging and beautifully staged. This is a show not to be missed,

Parsons’ parents played music, mainly jazz, in their home. He started playing music as a child on a toy organ. He played in the school band and his life’s goal was to be a doctor. He started college and in pre-med but realized that music, not medicine, was his destiny. His parents already knew but they wanted him to figure it out.

Camwell said the way Parsons touches the trumpet and growls his vocals it is though he is channeling the great master of American music.

“Longineu Parsons has electrified audiences with his Louis Armstrong tribute from Europe to South America to Carnegie Hall,” Camwell said. “He will electrify our Troy audiences as well.”

Tickets for Friday’s 7 p.m. concert can be purchased for $20 via troyartscouncil.com or at the door, for $25.