Hot Jazz Moonlight Social

When: Thursday, August 24, 7:00pm
Price: $25 General Admission | $20 for Museum Members
Bandleader of the Harlem Hell Fighters, James Reese Europe, courtesy of the National Archives and Alphonso Horne of Gotham Kings, image by Lawrence Dizon Sumulong

Although born in New Orleans, early jazz, or "hot jazz" as it was called at the turn of the century, first catapulted to popularity in Europe during World War I. Led by legendary Broadway bandleader James Reese Europe, the marching band for the 369th Regiment, an all African-American troop known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” introduced jazz to European and American troops in wartime England and France. 

Inspired by our current exhibition Posters & Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York, enjoy an outdoor performance on the Museum’s Terrace by the Gotham Kings, a New York City-based band that creates an infectious sound evoking jazz’s Creole roots. Jazz historian Ricky Riccardi of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens will introduce the program.

Beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase. 

In the case of rain, the concert will be held indoors.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

$25 General Admission | $20 for Museum members
Includes Museum admission

View a Gotham Kings concert below:


Attention, Members, to receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917.492.3395.

Assistive listening devices are available during our events. Our auditorium can accommodate manual wheelchairs, however, our wheelchair lift cannot currently accommodate electric or motorized wheelchairs. Please contact the Public Programs Department at 917.492.3395 or with any questions or concerns. 

Our Partners

This program is presented in collaboration with the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Thanks to Jazz at Lincoln CenterThe New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and WBGO. 

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