The 2015 Satchmo SummerFest features Louis Armstrong-inspired music, a new exhibit on Armstrong’s life in New Orleans, scholarly seminars and more.

More than 40 traditional jazz, contemporary jazz and brass band performances are on the festival’s schedule this year, including Deacon John Moore, Ellis Marsalis, the PresHall Brass, Kermit Ruffins, Lars Edegran and the New Birth and Rebirth brass bands.

For the first time, Satchmo SummerFest is charging admission, although children 12 and younger still get in free. The $5 daily admission will help cover the cost of producing the festival, Marci Schramm, executive director of French Quarter Festivals Inc., said.

“The business model of the free festival in the case of Satchmo needs to change a bit,” Schramm said.

Satchmo SummerFest began in 2001 as a celebration of influential jazz star and New Orleans native Armstrong’s 100th birthday.

“As we celebrate Satchmo SummerFest’s 15th anniversary — and Louis Armstrong’s 114th birthday — we are thrilled to see his influence grow stronger,” Schramm said. “He’s beloved by new generations of musicians and fans.”

Armstrong was born Aug. 4, 1901, in an impoverished section of New Orleans called “The Battlefield.” At the time of his death in 1971, his singing, trumpet playing, charismatic personality, recordings, movie and television appearances and touring had made him one of the world’s most famous musicians.

Armstrong’s more than 300 concerts a year throughout the world earned him the nickname “Ambassador Satch.” Bing Crosby, his co-star in film and television appearances and the 1960 album, “Bing & Satchmo,” affectionately dubbed the singer-trumpeter Rev. Satchelmouth.

“I’m proud to acknowledge my debt to the Rev. Satchelmouth,” Crosby said. “He is the beginning and the end of music in America.”

Armstrong’s fellow jazz trumpet great, Dizzy Gillespie, echoed Crosby. “If it weren’t for him, there wouldn’t be any of us.”

“If you don’t like Louis Armstrong, you don’t know how to love,” gospel great and New Orleans native Mahalia Jackson said of Armstrong.

Acknowledged as a jazz giant though Armstrong was, the star struck a humble tone.

“I never tried to prove nothing, just wanted to give a good show,” Armstrong said.

In 1943, Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, moved into a modest house in a working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York. Now the Louis Armstrong House Museum, it was their home until their deaths.

“My life has always been my music,” he said. “It’s always come first, but the music ain’t worth nothing if you can’t lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, ’cause what you’re there for is to please the people.”

Satchmo SummerFest spotlights

Opening reception

  • The reception will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Omni Royal Orleans. Tickets are $100.

‘High Society’ benefit screening

  • IN THIS 1956 MUSICAL, ARMSTRONG CO-STARS WITH BING CROSBY, GRACE KELLY AND FRANK SINATRA. SHOWING AT 6 P.M. THURSDAY AT LE PETIT THÉÂTRE DU VIEUX CARRÉ. A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $50 AT fqfi.org. Admission to the red carpet event includes refreshments.

Spirit of Satch Awards

  • THE FIRST SPIRIT OF SATCH AWARDS WILL TAKE PLACE AT APPROXIMATELY 11:30 a.m., Friday, during the festival’s press conference at Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage on the Old U.S. Mint grounds. The winners represent champions of jazz in music, media, philanthropy and education.

Pops’ Playhouse for Kids

  • Saturday and Sunday children and parents can enjoy educational and entertaining family activities, movies and exhibits on the second floor of the Old U.S. Mint.

Exhibit — ‘Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans’

  • This collaboration between and the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York, and French Quarter Festivals, Inc., features Armstrong’s first cornet and his last Selmer trumpet; pages from his unpublished manuscripts; audio from private tapes; and photos from throughout his life.

Satchmo symposium

Starting at noon Friday and continuing through Sunday, the symposium features a wealth of talk, film and music, most of it about Armstrong.

Music Schedule

Friday

10:30 a.m.: Opening day parade led by the Storyville Stompers Brass Band

11:30 A.M.: SPIRIT OF SATCH AWARDS

Red Beans and Ricely YOURS Stage

Noon: PresHall Brass

1:30 P.M.: PALM COURT JAZZ ALL STARS

3 P.M.: NEW ORLEANS JAZZ VIPERS

4:30 P.M.: ELLIS MARSALIS

6 P.M.: DEACON JOHN

7:30 P.M.: REBIRTH BRASS BAND

CORNET CHOP SUEY STAGE

11:45 a.m.: Dance lessons by NOLA Jitterbugs

12:15 p.m.: Palmetto Bug Stompers

1:45 p.m.: Sharon Martin

3 p.m.: Dance lessons by NOLA Jitterbugs

3:30 p.m.: Doreen’s Jazz

5 p.m.: Leah Chase

6:30 p.m.: James Andrews

7:45 p.m.: Donald Harrison’s All Star Louis Armstrong Tribute

Saturday

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS STAGE

Noon: Steve Pistorius and the Southern Syncopators

1:30 P.M.: BUTCH THOMPSON’S GOODTIME BOYS

3 P.M.: TREME BRASS BAND

4:30 P.M.: YOSHIO TOYAMA AND THE DIXIE SAINTS

6 P.M.: CHARMAINE NEVILLE

7:30 P.M.: TRIBUTE TO TRUMPET BLACK FEATURING COREY HENRY’S TREME FUNKTET

CORNET CHOP SUEY STAGE

11:45 a.m.: Dance lessons by NOLA Jitterbugs

12:15 p.m.: Seva Venet and the Storyville Stringband

1:45 p.m.: Jane Harvey Brown Trad Jazz Stars

3 p.m.: Dance lessons by NOLA Jitterbugs

3:30 p.m.: Paulin Brothers Jazz Band

5 p.m.: Ella and Louie Tribute Band with special guest Jewel Brown

6:30 p.m.: Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie

7:45 p.m.: Bill Summers & Jazalsa

Sunday

11:30 a.m.: Satchmo Salute second-line parade featuring Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Million Dollar Baby Dolls, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and others

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS STAGE

Noon: Connie Jones and Tim Laughlin

1:15 P.M.: JAMIL SHARIF

2:30 P.M.: NEW BIRTH BRASS BAND

3:45 P.M.: MESCHIYA LAKE AND THE LITTLE BIG HORNS

5 P.M.: ROBIN BARNES

6:30 P.M.: KERMIT RUFFINS AND THE BARBECUE SWINGERS

7:30 P.M.: TRUMPET TRIBUTE TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG WITH KERMIT RUFFINS

CORNET CHOP SUEY STAGE

11:45 a.m.: Dance lessons by NOLA Jitterbugs

12:15 p.m.: Orleans Brass Band

1:30 p.m.: Kid Merv and All That Jazz

2:30 p.m.: Dance lessons by NOLA Jitterbugs

3 p.m.: Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders

4:15 p.m.: Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band

5:30 p.m.: Jeremy Davenport

6:45 p.m.: Free Agents Brass Band