The Westfield Memorial Library will host “What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years” on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad St.

Louis Armstrong is undeniably one of the most influential figures of 20th-century music. Though he did most of his innovating in the 1920s, Armstrong had a long, storied career as a popular entertainer, beloved around the world as America's “Ambassador of Goodwill.”

Armed with precious rare footage, presenter Ricky Riccardi, will bring Armstrong's final decades to life with films of Armstrong in performance on stage and on television, including memorable renditions of songs such as “Hello, Dolly!” “What a Wonderful World” and the song known as one of the first protest songs ever recorded, “(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue.”

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Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years. He has co-produced Satchmo at Symphony Hall 65th Anniversary: The Complete Concert for Universal Music and Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars for Mosaic Records.

According to Thomas Cunniffe, of Jazz History Online: “Through a combination of intricate research and unbridled enthusiasm, Ricky Riccardi has become the 21st century's foremost expert on Louis Armstrong.”

The program is free and open to all. To register, visit the library’s website at, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.


Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday for the summer.


For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”