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
New Orleans Jazz Celebration
STRUT is a musical club crawl along Frenchmen Street and the
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
kick-off the Satchmo Summerfest weekend. Strutters purchase a wristband
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