Satchmo Club Strut


Satchmo of Japan Returns!

The “Satchmo of Japan” Yoshio Toyama returned to Christopher Inn this year during his annual visit to the Satchmo Summerfest. Yoshio, his wife Keiko and his Dixie Saints had performed at the Catholic Charities senior center for a number of years as part of the Satchmo Club Strut on Frenchmen Street, produced by the New Orleans Jazz Celebration. Yoshio had missed playing for the residents the last two years and had requested this year that the concert return. Yoshio performed with his special guest trombonist Lucien Barbarin from the musical family that has produced great musicians for over one hundred years.
If you’re a fan of the Satchmo Summer Fest, you no doubt are familiar with Toyama and his band. Every year, he and Keiko and the band come from their home near Tokyo to play at the festival. They always bring members of their Wonderful World of Jazz Foundation, which has donated instruments to local high school bands for many years. So far, their foundation has donated nearly 800 musical instruments to New Orleans schoolchildren.
Yoshio Toyama and the Dixie Saints play classic New Orleans jazz. Keiko plays banjo & piano while Toyama plays trumpet and sings like his idol, Louis Armstrong. Toyama fell in love with the music of “Pops” as a teenager, and he and Keiko came to New Orleans to learn to play jazz in 1968. They were newlyweds living in a little apartment above Bourbon Street, learning from such masters as Percy Humphrey and “Sweet Emma” Barrett. They went home to Japan in 1973, and they’ve been playing traditional jazz ever since.



The Satchmo Club Strut takes a break


Thank you to all our partners and supporters


We want to inform everyone that has so generously supported the Satchmo Club Strut last year that we will be taking a break from mounting the event. For over 10 years, the New Orleans Jazz Celebration (NOJC) has produced the Satchmo Club Strut, creating a greater awareness of the Frenchmen Street Corridor by attracting thousands of people to these venues for a unique club crawl to kick off the Satchmo SummerFest weekend celebration. Now Frenchmen Street has arrived and is popular year round, diminishing the need for the extensive event NOJC has presented in the past.


We welcome input from past sponsors, volunteers and Frenchmen Street businesses to help bring back  this exciting event. Thank you so much for all your support in the past and for the future.




C Jason Patterson                                               

Managing Director


Claudia Garofalo


 New Orleans Jazz Celebration

    The SATCHMO CLUB STRUT is a musical club crawl along Frenchmen Street and the surrounding area that is the annual fundraiser for NOJC's outreach programs. For one extraordinary night we close the street to vehicular traffic and all the clubs feature special performances in the spirit of Louis Armstrong to kick-off the Satchmo Summerfest weekend. Strutters purchase a wristband that allows them entrance to various venues to enjoy the live jazz music or a VIP wristband that allows entrance to all venues, access to a special seating area at the Red Stripe Stage in Jane Alley and a special VIP party featuring complimentary food and beverages from fabulous New Orleans establishments!

Artists for the Satchmo Club Strut 2011 included Allen Toussaint, Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Lionel Ferbos, Ellis Marsalis, Donald Harrison Jr, Tom McDermott, Davell Crawford, Chris Thomas King, Shamarr Allen, Don Vappie, Glen David Andrews, Detroit Brooks, Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints, Charmaine Neville and Jason Marsalis.

Satchmo Club Strut 2011 was dedicated to the memory of NOJC Board Member and tireless community volunteer Drex Brumfield, as it was our first Strut without his positive energy and smile.

Thank You To Our Wonderful Sponsors and Supporters!!


 Captain Morgan    Red Stripe beer    Barefoot Wines

    Offbeat Magazine  New Orleans Musician's Clinic  River Parish Disposal  Let's Be Totally Clear  Maison

  Who Dat Water  Luzianne Where Magazine     FMIA  LA Music FactoryUNO Jazz Studies 



2010 Satchmo Club Strut pictures, provided courtesy of Roberta Grove, Columnist, 'Scene and be Seen', New Orleans Times Picayune        

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 2009 Satchmo Club Strut pictures, provided courtesy of George Long Photography

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Uncle Lionel    Bicycle Michaels's    VIP Strutters

Charmaine Neville on Balcony    Irvin Mayfield at Blue Nile

   Ellis Marsalis at Snug Harbor    Strutters in front of d.b.a.

Sax Quartet on Balcony