NICKEL A DANCE is a free series of Sunday afternoon jazz concerts each spring and fall, that is a hit with children, families, seniors, and the general dancing public that don’t tend to go to night clubs. It attracts a diverse group of fans that meet on Frenchmen Street to celebrate jazz as America’s original dance music while listening to the best of today’s classic jazz bands.
Not just anybody gets called Louis Armstrong’s protege, but Chris Clifton has earned that title after over 60 years of superb trumpet playing. Clifton met the late, great jazz icon in the 1950s and became a lifelong friend of Armstrong, who helped to craft his personal style and respect for the art form. In the late fifties and early sixties Clifton was a member of Lil Hardin(Louis’2nd wife’s) band in Chicago.They performed many memorable shows together.Chris then migrated to New Orleans, his home for the last 45 plus years. Louis and Chris continued communication throughout Armstrong’s life, writing letters to one another during various world tours and making sure to never lose the thread of their friendship. Now an elder statesman of the New Orleans jazz scene, Clifton continues to do what he loves and does best….Play his horn,sing,and entertain. Over the past 60+ years, Clifton has not only risen to the talent level a young Armstrong saw in him many years prior, but he has carved out a small place in jazz history for himself.