Louis Armstrong House Museum Presents Hot Jazz / Cool
Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet Perform
On August 15, there
will hot jazz and red beans & rice at the Louis Armstrong House Museum
celebrating the legacy of Louis Armstrong. Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly
Quartet will perform the final concert of the museum’s Hot Jazz / Cool Garden
Summer Concert Series. Advance tickets include red beans & rice and sweet
tea plus a complimentary historic house tour pass. Tickets are on sale now at
LouisArmstrongHouse.org. Downbeat is 2:00
Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet is a hot
jazz quartet led by acclaimed jazz banjoist/vocalist Cynthia Sayer. Their
classic jazz core pays tribute to Louis Armstrong, while their eclectic
repertoire embraces musical influences of the 1920s, ‘30s, and beyond. Comprised
of top New York City musicians, Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet
perform at festivals and in concert internationally. Don’t miss the chance to
swing with them at Satchmo’s house.
Award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist and bandleader
Cynthia Sayer breaks all the banjo player stereotypes as she single-handedly
re-popularizes the 4-string banjo in jazz. Celebrated as one of the top 4-string
jazz banjoist in the world today – soulful, edgy, both contemporary and
classic, and playing a style that is all her own – she is praised for her
“drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times.
Sayer rose to prominence
as a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band, with whom she
played and toured for over 10 years, all the while exploring her wider musical
interests and playing with many legendary jazz, popular and roots music artists.
Her eclectic, swing-based shows treat audiences to the rarely heard range and
versatility of the 4-string banjo, America’s original jazz
Cynthia appears regularly in concert and at festivals
internationally with her bands and as a guest artist, as well as on TV and
radio. Her extensive career includes performances in New York City’s Carnegie
Hall, Lincoln Center, playing for two U.S. Presidents, appearing with The New
York Philharmonic, and playing banjo, ukulele and piano on feature film and TV
soundtracks, most recently in Woody Allen’s 2014 release, “Magic In The
Moonlight.” Her numerous awards and honors range from induction into the
American Banjo Hall Of Fame to being the subject of a Trivial Pursuit game
question. Several of her CDs have received special recognition and award
nominations as well, including her most recent release, JOYRIDE. Cynthia
endorses Ome Banjos, GHS Strings, Blue Chip Picks, and The Realist Banjo Pickups
by David Gage.
About the Louis Armstrong House
The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56
107th Street in Queens, New York. The museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00
pm and Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 noon – 5:00
pm. Travel directions and more atLouisArmstrongHouse.org or 718.478.8274.
exhibit: Red Beans & Ricely Yours: Louis Armstrong & Food now through
October 2015 and is free with museum admission.
Parking is available in
the neighborhood and the museum is accessible by subway via the 7
Thanks to the vision and funding of the Louis Armstrong
Educational Foundation, the Louis Armstrong House Museum welcomes visitors, six
days per week, 52 weeks per year. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a member
of the American Alliance of Museums, Association of African American Museums,
Museums Council of New York City, New York State Museums Association, National
Trust for Historic Preservation, NYC & Co., and the Queens Tourism Council
and a constituent of Kupferberg Center for the Arts. The museum is a cultural
center of Queens College / CUNY.
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