Annual Festival Pays Tribute to Legendary Queens Musician Louis Armstrong
Thousands of residents from all over the city come to Queens to pay tribute to a legend.
The 2nd Annual Louis Armstrong Wonderful World Music Festival kicked off on a high note at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on Saturday.
Jazz and world music performers like the Rebirth Brass Band and Lauryn Hill took the stage, and visitors enjoyed food and merchandise vendors.
Those we spoke with said jazz brings together people from all backgrounds.
"Jazz has always been about community and about uniting different forms, infusing rhythmic structures and tonal structures, and I think that's represented in the fabric of the people here," said Paula Wilson of Astoria.
"I'm a Queens native and a New Orleans lover, so I got the best of both worlds today," said Astoria resident Allen Vella.
"You just need to hear the music. You need to move, you need to dance, you need to feel it in your soul. And I think that's what Mr. Armstrong was all about," said Jeff Rosenstock, the festival's organizer.
Louis Armstrong lived in Corona until his death in 1971.
His house is a national historic landmark and is now the site of the Louis Armstrong House Museum.