Mr. Riccardi (L), is the Director of Research Collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, NY. Riccardi recently won a Grammy for his excellent liner notes that accompany the brilliant Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Recordings 1946-1966. This exhaustive set is a must-listen for fans of American music, music history and jazz in particular. Listening to the remastered recordings through Blade Meta in the KML theater, accompanied by Riccardi’s keen insights and knowledge, was an ultimate pleasure for everyone in attendance.
The evening started with cocktail and hors d’oeuvres in the KML lounge area before gathering in the theater for the main presentation. Afterward, guests either mingled back in the lounge or were treated to a selection of movie clips that highlighted the THX-Ultra performance of the KML theater.
Ricky Riccardi (l) and The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966 Co-Producer Richard Noorigan.
Sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotes of Louis Armstrong's recording sessions in the KML Theater.
Sommelier-guided wine and cheese pairings were a hit along with the music and program.
The hors d'ouevres and company were sensational. (Ed. Note: The 'Jersey Bites' were a delicious (and popular) mix of Taylor Ham, American cheese and siracha in a puff pastry. Bravo!)
Ricky Riccardi references his Grammy Award-winning liner notes to the Armstrong RCA Victor and Columbia collection.
Based on Armstrong's favorite drink, Brandy Old Fashions were the craft cocktail of the evening.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for this grand evening of music and conversation!
Links for further information:
Louis Armstrong House Museum, Queens New York
The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Session 1946-66
KEF Music Lounge: A THX Certified Oasis