Louis Armstrong SATCHMO™ Award

This award honors great, living jazz artists, who have a history of sharing their love of music through a lifetime of performance and jazz education. It was created by The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. and represents a tribute to the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong’s passion for jazz and excellence matched only by his joyous love of life and children. The recipients of The SATCHMO™ Award are selected for their important and lasting contributions in the world of jazz education and reflect the spirit of Louis Armstrong and his inspiring belief in the power of the language of Jazz music, essential in making a Wonderful World™.

The first SATCHMO™ Award was presented to Herb Alpert at the WBGO Champions of Jazz Benefit held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 10, 2010.  The same evening, the late Phoebe Jacobs and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. were honored with a Champions of Jazz Award by WBGO. Ms. Jacobs had acquired a special trumpet from Conn-Selmer that was presented to Mr. Alpert. Subsequently, the LAEF, INC. decided to continue giving an award. Now in its ninth year, The Foundation presents the award at a special swing dance party in Harlem at the Alhambra Ballroom. The awardee is given a monetary gift along with the honoree’s photograph framed alongside a picture of Louis Armstrong, making each award unique and one-of a kind!


Past Recipients


  • 2010 Herb Alpert
  • 2011 Barry Harris
  • 2012 Clark Terry
  • 2013 Jon Hendricks
  • 2014 David Baker
  • 2015 Norma Miller
  • 2016 Jimmy Heath
  • 2017 Kidd Jordan
  • 2018 Shelia Jordan
  • 2019 Dick Hyman
  • 2020-2021 Ron Carter
  • 2022 Ran Blake
  • 2023 Reggie Workman

Lifetime Achievement Award


  • 2019 Stanley Crouch
  • 2021 Dan Morgenstern


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Foundation, Inc.
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