“I'm not sure, but I'm almost positive, all music came from New Orleans.
- Ernie K-Doe
 
 
       
 



LEGENDARY PRESERVATION HALL 

 

 

Explore the world’s richest musical city, starting with a look at the legendary Preservation Hall. Visit the site of the Old French Opera House and stroll through the Tango Belt and May Bailey’s before arriving at the Treme section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




SITE OF OLD FRENCH OPERA HOUSE

       
Stroll through the Tango Belt to the New Orleans Musicians Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1, the use of which was donated by the musical dynasty Barbarin Family for free burial to musicians. The first burial to take place was of Lloyd Washington of the Ink Spots on October 23, 2004.
 



BILLY DIAMOND'S FUNERAL ATTENDED BY
FATS DOMINO - NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS TOMB

 
       
       
 



BUDDY BOLDEN STATUE IN LOUIS ARMSTRONG PARK
(MAHALIA JACKSON THEATER FOR THE
PERFORMING ARTS IN BACKGROUND)

 


From the cemetery you will check out the remains of Storyville (including Frank Early’s “My Place” Saloon where “Pretty Baby” was written), fabled turn-of-the-century red light district whose parlors presented the likes of King Oliver, Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and many more during the time when jazz was born.

 

       
 

From Storyville, check out the Basin Street Station and then venture into Louis Armstrong Park, the location of Congo Square, historic site of African slave gatherings, the only place in North American where pure West African religious ritual and musical traditions were performed.



CONGO SQUARE


Congo Square is considered the wellspring of all New Orleans music and consequently so much of the world’s most popular song. It is also the site of the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (1970) and the Municipal Auditorium.




COSIMO MATASSA'S FIRST STUDIO


J & M MUSIC SHOP


After leaving Armstrong Park, enter the building which housed the legendary J&M Studios which created the “New Orleans Sound” with such New Orleanians as Professor Longhair, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Guitar Slim, Shirley & Lee, Lloyd Price, Ernie K-Doe, Allen Toussaint, Clarence “Frogman” Henry and visitors including Little Richard, Ray Charles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

 

       
  Learn the origins of New Orleans Bounce Music and check out the world’s greatest street musicians who are carrying the flame to this very day.  


JAZZ FUNERAL IN ST. LOUIS CEMETERY
       
         
 
 

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New Orleans Music Tour

By Reservation Only
Phone: (504) 947-2120
or

The Old Coffeepot Restaurant
714 St. Peter Street Sat. & Sun., 2 PM to 4 PM

$25 for Adults
$15 for seniors (62+) and students (with ID)
$7 for children age 6 -12 • Free for children under 6

ADVANCE PURCHASE RECOMMENDED.


 
     
     
 
Cash and travelers checks only when paid in person.

Specially arranged discounted group tours available!
Phone: (504) 947-2120

Tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
Tours leave rain or shine.
(Bring a rain coat for the rain • Bring an umbrella for the sun)