If New Orleans jazz gets down into your soul, the French Quarter should definitely be one of your first stops. It’s home to the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. While you are there, take in the sights and sounds of Perseverance Hall, Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, J&M Studios and the Old U.S. Mint. The Old U.S. Mint features some incredible jazz artifacts including Satchamo’s famous handkerchief and his first cornet.
Other spots to include onto your list are the Tango Belt, Basin St. Station, Algiers Point, Treme and Storyville. Storyville was home to the famous Frank Early’s Saloon. As you pass through the area, you’ll be hard pressed to refrain from humming Jackson’s “Pretty Baby.”
When you are finished soaking up the toe-tapping history of New Orleans jazz, be sure to catch a ride on the Steamboat Natchez or stop by one of the area’s eateries. One to consider is the Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. It offers an opportunity to throw back an “Ain’t Misbehavin’” cocktail, savor a plate of unforgettable oyster shuckers and sway to some hot New Orleans jazz.
Want more information on New Orleans jazz? We here at the New Orleans Tour Center can help. Our tour guides are well familiar with the area’s rich history and would love to share their stories with you. We offer a New Orleans City Tour that includes a visit to the French Quarter. There are also private city tours available that are highly customizable. For more information about them or our other excellent tour selections, contact us.