Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies, in Conjunction with The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Presents The Louis Armstrong International Continuum: Armstrong & Company A Virtual Symposium and Concert June 13 - 19, 9:00 am (EST) Daily

NEW YORK, NY, June 10, 2022 – Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies, in conjunction with The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation (LAEF), presents the 2022 Louis Armstrong International Continuum: Armstrong & Company, a virtual, Symposium and Concert set for June 13 - 19 at 9:00 am (ET). The participants include Sonny Rollins, Gary Giddins, Ned Sublette, Angela Davis, Robin D.G. Kelley, Nichole Rustin-Paschal, Terri Lyne Carrington, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Theo Croker and more, plus concerts by vocalists Nnenna Freelon and Quiana Lynell and a special award presentation to Ran Blake.

The Continuum is free and open to the public. For more information and to attend, please go to

Highlighting this year’s Continuum theme, Louis Armstrong and Company, the seven-day event brings together an outstanding group of musicians, authors, scholars, academics and art administrators to examine Armstrong’s historic collaborations with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Building on last year’s theme, this symposium also examines how Armstrong worked with leaders from various professions and disciplines to uplift the world during trying times.

“Louis Armstrong is a founding father of our music, and his collaborations with some of the brightest stars in jazz allowed them to tap directly into the wellspring of his artistry, which this symposium will explore in depth, ” said Robert G. O’Meally, the Columbia University Zora Neale Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Director of the Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies, and author of The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, and his latest book, Antagonistic Cooperation: Jazz, Collage and the Shaping of American Culture.

“As Albert Murray once remarked, “Louis Armstrong is the Prometheus of jazz, ” said Wynton Marsalis, President of LAEF and Artistic and Managing Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. “Like Prometheus, Armstrong shared the full fire of his artistic gifts with his fellow musicians and with the world. He was always ready to show up anytime, anywhere ‘in the cause of happiness.’”

Pianist/composer Ran Blake, who taught at the New England Conservatory for five decades, will be awarded the 2022 Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation SATCHMO™ award. Bassist and LAEF Board Secretary David Chevan will conduct an interview.

“We’re delighted to celebrate the accomplishments and legacy of Ran Blake, ” said LAEF Executive Director Jackie Harris. “Like Louis Armstrong, he is a pioneer who has moved the music forward and inspired generations of musicians.”

Critically-acclaimed vocalists Nnenna Freelon and Quiana Lynell will conclude the symposium with soul-stirring performances.

June 13-19, 2022
Time: 9:00am ET | 8:00am CT | 6:00am PT

Monday, June 13: Q & A
Sonny Rollins, NEA Jazz Master/Saxophonist
Aidan Levy, Biographer

Tuesday, June 14: Armstrong and Company
Gary Giddins, Critic/Author/Biographer
Ned Sublette, Musicologist/Musician/Author
Nichole Rustin-Paschal, Scholar/Author
Moderated by Robert G. O’Meally

Wednesday, June 15: Listening to Pops on Record
Allan Harris, Vocalist
Charles Tolliver, Trumpeter/Composer
Theo Croker, Trumpeter
Moderated by Aidan Levy, Biographer

Thursday, June 16: Interview
Ran Blake, 2022 Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation “SATCHMO” Award recipient and Pianist/ComposerConducted by David Chevan, Bassist/LAEF Board Member

Friday, June 17: Armstrong on Film
Kevin Whitehead, Critic/Author
Racquel Gates, Scholar/Author
Moderated by Krin Gabbard, Scholar

Saturday, June 18: Social Justice
Angela Davis, Political Activist/Scholar/Author
Robin D.G. Kelley, Historian/Academic/Author
Terri Lyne Carrington, Drummer/Educator/Activist
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Scholar/Author
Moderated by Robert O’Meally

Sunday, June 19: Singers Continuing the Legacy
Quiana Lynell Band
Nnenna Freelon Band

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