“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 Congo Square, considered the wellspring of all New Orleans music and, consequently, so much of worldwide 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


From Armstrong Park, view the building which housed Cosimo Matassa’s groundbreaking 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 & visitors including Little Richard, Ray Charles, & Jerry Lee Lewis.  
J & M
 Studios is the true birthplace of rock ’n roll.

 

       
From outside St. Louis Cemetery #1, see the New Orleans Musicians Tomb, the use of which was donated by the musical dynasty Barbarin Family for free burial to musicians. The first burial to take place was for Lloyd Washington of the Ink Spots on October 23, 2004.  The Musicians Tomb was restored and is administered by Robert Florence of Historic New Orleans Tours.
 



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 Basin Street and 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 early days of jazz.

 

       
 

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 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.

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CONGO SQUARE

Stroll through the Tango Belt to May Bailey’s and the site of the Old French Opera House ending with the legendary Preservation Hall, a place which represents the past, present, and future of New Orleans music.

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  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

Phone: (504) 947-2120

Mr. Gregory's
806 North Rampart Street
Sat. & Sun - 2 PM to 4 PM

$25 for Adults
$18 - senior / student / active military
$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)