2016-10-26 / Features

Louis Armstrong House Museum To Host Annual Gala

The Louis Armstrong House Museum announces the 2016 Louie Award recipients! The Louie Award is the museum’s annual award presented in honor of dedicated work to preserve and promote the cultural legacy of Louis Armstrong. The Louis Armstrong House Museum will honor Randy Fertel (writer, President, Fertel Foundation), Catherine Russell (award winning vocalist), and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman during its Gala 2016, held at the sumptuous Capitale. The Grammy Award winning Russell will cap the evening with an exciting live performance.

This year’s distinguished honorees join past recipients Quincy Jones, Dick Cavett, Dr. John, Cyrille Neville, Robert F. Smith, Jerome Chazen, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, George Wein, and Dan Morgenstern.

Philanthropist and author Randy Fertel is synonymous with New Orleans. Fertel has taught English at Harvard University – where he earned a PhD in English and American Literature. Mr. Fertel is the author of two books: “A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation” and “The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family.” As President of the Fertel Foundation and Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, named after his mother, Ruth Fertel, founder of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, he’s made countless contributions to the arts, education, and the environment in New Orleans. Fertel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City.

Grammy Award winning vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, and a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash among others, appearing on over 200 albums. Catherine Russell has performed on four continents, always to great critical acclaim.

Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. He is the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State of New York. Before becoming Attorney General, Eric was praised as a leading reformer in the state Senate by numerous editorial pages and good government organizations. Eric graduated from Amherst College in 1977 and Harvard Law School in 1982, and is a huge Louis Armstrong fan.

All proceeds from Gala 2016 benefit the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the longtime home of Louis and Lucille Armstrong, a National Historic Landmark and a New York City Landmark in Corona. Since opening in 2003, more than 150,000 visitors from all over the world have been introduced to the wonderful world of Louis Armstrong. The Museum’s programs feature historic house tours, jazz concerts, and a wide variety of educational programs. The Museum’s research archives is the largest in the world for any jazz musician.

The Gala will be held on Wednesday, November 9, with Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 pm; and the Awards Ceremony, Dinner, and Performance (Catherine Russell Octet) starting at 7:30 pm; at Capitale 130 Bowery New York, NY 10013 RSVP: gala@LouisArmstrongHouse.org or: 718.478.8274 x 103

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