NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND MUSIC HERITAGE
In 1987 the United States Congress designated Jazz a rare and valuable national American treasure. New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz. New Orleans Jazz and Music Tours are focused on the early culture of traditional Jazz, Dance and R&B in the The Big Easy.
JAZZ WALKING TOUR
This tour starts with the birth of Louis Armstrong and explores what influenced him during the early years of jazz. Then we explore how jazz continued to develop in New Orleans after Louis left in 1922.
We will focus on the New Orleans jazz men and women who stayed in the city and continued to play here. This will include the “revival” of jazz in the 1940’s, the advent of Preservation Hall in the 1960’s, and will bring us all the way to the present.
The tour includes tunes from Louis Armstrong’s early recordings, recordings from New Orleans jazz greats from the past, and tunes from some of our greats that are alive and swinging in New Orleans.
Specialty Tour – 72 Hour Advance Booking Required; Call For Availability | You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time, tour and map showing the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue, rear gate on Barracks Street, across from the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, the starting point for your tour | Thank You!
19th CENTURY MUSIC AND DANCE TOUR
19th CENTURY MUSIC AND DANCE WALKING TOUR
Our tour takes you through the development of the French Opera and its golden years between 1842 and the Civil War. It also describes the rich concert life of the city, and our passion for dance. And you will see where the first Quadroon Balls were held, and learn the truth instead of the myth.
Ever wonder where New Orleans got its fascination with brass music? Ever wonder why jazz started here? Or how it developed? This tour answers those questions, and explores the rich culture of the city during a remarkable century.
Specialty Tour – 72 Hour Advance Booking Required; Call For Availability | You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time, tour and map showing in front of the Cabildo in Jackson Square, by the Spanish cannon, the starting point for your tour | Thank You!
RHYTHM AND BLUES TOUR
R&B WALKING TOUR
Between 1947 and 1965 Cosimo Matassa recorded 250 national charting singles, including 21 gold records in his three different recording studios in the French Quarter. This tour visits Matassa’s three former studios and includes a huge playlist of the best New Orleans rhythm and blues hits. Great history, great stories and wonderful tunes.
Specialty Tour – 72 Hour Advance Booking Required; Call For Availability | You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time, tour and map showing the corner of Royal and Philip Streets, on the Homer A. Plessy Community School side, the starting point for your tour | Thank You!
MEET ONE OF OUR GUIDES
Dave Thomas has been a tour guide since April of 2011. He has experience with and loves doing a variety of walking tours (French Quarter, Garden District, Treme, cemeteries, food, cocktail, …) and selected specialty tours. He also has extensive experience with a number of different city (bus) tours, including for the American Queen cruise line and international tour company Gate 1. He occasionally acts as a Tour Manager/Leader and has done so for companies such as Gate 1, WorldStrides, Educational Discovery Tours, and P.A.C.E.
His particular interest and specialty is music history. He has designed different music history tours for a number of different companies, has lectured on New Orleans jazz history for the Delgado tour guide class, and is a primary trainer for the local Tauck guides on their Ken Burns Jazz Journey tours in New Orleans. He lectures on various music related topics for both the National Park Service and the Friends of the Cabildo.
Dave also plays drums & percussion, including lots of local styles – brass band, traditional jazz, modern jazz, … – and has played interpretative performances with the Park Ranger band in the Old U.S. Mint.
The Savvy Native is a group of experienced local tour guides who were either born in New Orleans or wish they had been.