One of our most beloved icons here in New Orleans is, of course, Louis Armstrong, who was given a rather unusual nickname as a child–Satchmo, short for satchel mouth, a rather derogatory sounding compliment for Armstrong's large mouth. There are a wide range of stories as to who originally gave Satchmo his nickname, but regardless of the origin it has become the namesake for one of the highlights of the summer festival season, Satchmo Fest. Satchmo Fest 2012 is kicking off at the old US Mint with lectures today and music starting tomorrow at noon. Find the full line up of bands, speakers, and seminars for jazz afficianados here.