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Evening in New Orleans: Live Jazz Music Discovery Tour

Evening in New Orleans: Live Jazz Music Discovery Tour

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Hear about the origins and culture of jazz and check out the best music and bars in town. Visit a few favorite local clubs, enjoy a beer and discover the talents of the best local musicians.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Discover the origins of jazz in New Orleans as you take a scenic stroll around the beautiful Louis Armstrong park
  • Learn about the history of Congo Square
  • Enjoy a drink on us while enjoying the talents of some of the city’s best music
  • Explore off the beaten track and discover some lesser-known neighborhoods in New Orleans
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
Full description
Our music tour of New Orleans begins just outside the French Quarter at the historic and beautiful Louis Armstrong Park in the Tremé neighborhood. Within the park, we will talk about the historical origins of jazz and discuss one of the jazz greats, Armstrong himself. Starting underneath the park’s famed lighted arched entrance, we’ll explore the area originally known as Congo Square – one of the first locations in the city where enslaved people and free people of color were allowed to gather and socialize. You’ll hear about jazz’s origins, resulting from a rich mix of cultures in a single city, which combined West African and Caribbean sounds with European musical influences – giving us this uniquely American artform. From here, we will head into the Vieux Carre, or the French Quarter, and you’ll hear about the origins and culture of jazz while making your way through the oldest neighborhood in NOLA, all while seeing some notable historic sites. Your guide will have chosen a special route for you that evening- to ensure the best music is heard. Along one possible route, we’ll share the history of Bourbon Street and the residential and commercial places where blues and jazz collaborators came to make incredible music. We may pass by Preservation Hall, a venue that brought people of all backgrounds together, even in times of segregation. We may even catch a busker performing at the historic French Market! Or your guide may chose to head to the famous Frenchmen Street, the largest concentration of live music venues in the city. Whatever path is taken, you’ll find yourself at a great Jazz/Music Spot, and your guide will take you inside to listen and enjoy the local scene. Either way, by being with a local, you’ll learn all about the neighborhood, how to make the most of your time here, and the music culture and how it operates in the Clubs and venues. And to top it off, you will receive a cocktail on us at one of the stops and you’re very welcome to purchase additional beverages as and when you want them. In New Orleans, there’s always the opportunity for an element of surprise. We’ll be on the lookout for impromptu street performances, which always make the night special. If (well, let’s be honest, when!), at the end of the tour you're still craving more, your guide will point out other great recommendations for the rest of your evening!
  • Friendly Local English-speaking music lover and a guide
  • Enjoy Live Music with a Drink
  • Visit Louis Armstrong Park and discover the historical origins of jazz
  • Learn about New Orleans’ Music Culture/scene
  • Tips on what else to see, do, and eat during your stay
  • Additional drinks (available for purchase)
  • Food
  • Gratuities to your guide and the musicians
Not suitable for
  • People under 21 years

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Meeting point

Louis Armstrong Park (Entrance to the park, under archway), 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116

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  • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B-Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
  • Those under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour
  • You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • This is a walking tour that will cover approximately 14 blocks (or about 1.5 miles) on foot
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4.6 /5

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I took the New Orleans: Evening Jazz Discovery Tour. Harris Parson, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about New Orleans and its Jazz history. He is very skillful in communicating his knowledge and passion. I am grateful I took this tour. Probably the best tour I took during my stay in New Orleans.

March 20, 2022

Renee was a very friendly, informative, and interesting guide. We learned a lot about early jazz performers that we did not know and the walk through the french quarter and the stops along the way was quite pleasant. I guess it wasn't Renee's fault that the clubs where we stopped and listened to music were clubs we had visited on a previous trip. But that notwithstanding I would recommend this trip to anyone who appreciates the music of New Orleans.

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May 11, 2019

Very interesting and educational tour with a great guide. He managed to convey his passion for jazz and New Orleans to us

April 17, 2022

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