New Orleans Jazz Tour: History and Live Jazz

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New Orleans, US
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New Orleans, US
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Immerse yourself in the vibrant music scene of New Orleans with the exhilarating New Orleans Jazz Tour: History & Live Jazz. This tour takes you on a journey through the city where jazz was born, exploring its rich history and culture. Begin at the iconic Louis Armstrong Park, where you'll learn about the origins of jazz and the legendary musician himself. Then, venture into the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in NOLA, and discover the historic sites that have shaped the city's musical heritage. Your guide will lead you to the best music spots, from the lively Bourbon Street to the famous Frenchmen Street, where you can experience the pulsating rhythm of live jazz. Along the way, enjoy a complimentary drink and immerse yourself in the soulful melodies that make New Orleans the Jazz Capital of the World. Don't miss the chance to be part of this electrifying musical journey in 'The Big Easy.'

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Authentic dixieland and big brass jazz
  • Explore the origins of jazz in Congo Square
  • Experience the vibrant music culture in French Quarter
  • Visit Bourbon Street, a historic hub for jazz
  • Immerse in the local jazz scene on Frenchmen Street
  • Tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
  • Visit louis armstrong park and discover historical origins of jazz
  • Enjoy some live music with a beverage (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Friendly local english-speaking music lover and a guide
  • Additional drinks, food
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide and the musicians

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Experience the vibrant and soulful rhythms of New Orleans’ legendary jazz scene with the captivating New Orleans Jazz Tour: History & Live Jazz. This immersive tour takes you on a musical journey through the city's rich jazz heritage, exploring the origins and culture of this iconic American artform. From the historic Louis Armstrong Park to the lively streets of the French Quarter, this tour is a must for any music lover visiting the "Big Easy." Kick off the evening outside the French Quarter at the renowned Louis Armstrong Park, where you'll learn about the historical roots of jazz and the influential figure of Armstrong himself.

What to expect?

Prepare to be swept away by the energetic sounds of live jazz as you venture into the heart of New Orleans' music scene. Throughout the tour, you'll explore the historic Congo Square, a gathering place for enslaved people and free people of color, where the fusion of African, Caribbean, and European musical influences gave birth to jazz. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the eclectic streets of the French Quarter, sharing fascinating stories and pointing out notable historic sites along the way. Finally, immerse yourself in the intoxicating melodies and soulful tunes of the city's best local musicians at one of the legendary venues on Bourbon Street or the famous Frenchmen Street.

Who is this for?

This tour is a must for music enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone looking to delve into the cultural heartbeat of New Orleans. Whether you're a devoted fan of jazz or simply curious about its origins, this experience caters to all levels of appreciation. Solo travelers, couples, and groups are all welcome to join the tour and discover the captivating sounds that have made New Orleans a mecca for music lovers worldwide.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the authentic sounds and vibrant atmosphere of New Orleans' jazz scene with the New Orleans Jazz Tour: History & Live Jazz. Unlike other superficial tourist experiences, this tour offers an intimate and immersive exploration of the city's rich musical heritage. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, you'll gain insider insights into the origins and cultural significance of jazz, as well as the best venues to experience it firsthand. With a specially curated route tailored to ensure the finest musical offerings, you'll be treated to a night of exceptional entertainment, enhanced by a complimentary drink provided at one of the stops. Join this tour to discover why New Orleans is hailed as the birthplace of jazz and understand the indelible impact this genre has had on the world of music.

Good to know

The New Orleans Jazz Tour: History & Live Jazz lasts approximately 150 minutes, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the city's musical magic. The tour starts at Louis Armstrong Park, a historical hub for jazz enthusiasts, and then takes you on a journey through iconic locations such as Congo Square, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and Frenchmen Street. You'll have the opportunity to learn from your guide about the neighborhood, discover insider tips on making the most of your time in New Orleans, and experience the vibrant music culture firsthand. While a complimentary drink is included, additional beverages can be purchased at the various stops along the way, ensuring a festive and memorable evening full of incredible live music.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Louis Armstrong Park

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.

Congo Square

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.

French Quarter

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.

Bourbon Street

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 even catch a busker performing at the historic French Market!

Frenchmen Street

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.

French Quarter

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 drink on us at one of the stops and you’re very welcome to purchase additional beverages as and when you want them.



4.8 (328)


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I had the most incredible experience on Harris Parson's NOLA JAZZ tour! His passion for jazz and the city of New Orleans truly shines through in every aspect of the tour. Harris is not only knowledgeable but also engaging and entertaining, making the tour both educational and fun. The music, the history, the atmosphere - everything was just perfect. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an authentic and unforgettable jazz experience in New Orleans. Thank you, Harris, for an amazing time!"


Sage was very knowledgeable and helpful. I’m a big jazz fan but still learned a lot. She demonstrated both of historical and musical expertise.


Val was the Absolute BEST!! Her knowledge and passion for New Orleans made this tour amazing. I strongly recommend that you request her as your guide.


Have done many walking tours in different cities and this was one of our favorites! Csage taught us so much about Jazzs roots and New Orleans. She focuses on your interests, is never dull and gives great recommendations. Highly recommend.


We had a great time with the Jazz Tour! Cayge is a wonderful guide. She has a wealth of knowledge and tailors the tour to the needs of the group. We listened with opened mouth about the history of jazz and then went to 2 different bars and listened to great jazz music. Thanks again for a wonderful evening!


This was a great tour, Çayge was so professional and engaging. She was obviously very knowledgeable on the jazz scene and history. Would totally recommend this tour if you're a jazz a holic or even just curious. Thanks Çayge!!


When did a good job talking about the history of jazz and New Orleans and walked us around the French Quarter. We finished in a bar with a cocktail and listening to some fabulous jazz. She then pointed out some other great venues in that area.


We learned of the history of Nee Orleans and about the origins of music. The park was beautiful and the walk was fascinating with all the information and history provided by our wonderful tour guide. We got a fabulous sense of the area, and the tour guide met the needs of the group for shade, water and intellect.


I highly recommend this tour! My boyfriend and I were lucky as it was just us and the tour guide. It lasted about 2 hours and was so informative. We learned where to go while on our trip and so much history.


Val was great! We walked around the Louis Armstrong Park and various areas with jazz history and listened to some great music.
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