Jazz, History, and Art from Armstrong Park
- Adults (12+) per person
- Child (6-11) per person
- Explore the art, history, and architecture of Louis Armstrong Park as your guide recounts how the great music genre of jazz began.
- Discover how the melding of cultures, such as European descendants and enslaved people from West Africa and the Caribbean, led to the birth of jazz in the Crescent City.
- Hear how Louis Armstrong, or “Satchmo,” got his start and became one of the most well-known musicians of his time.
- Learn about the history of Congo Square – one of the earliest officially-designated areas in New Orleans for slaves and free people of color to congregate, play music, and socialize.
- If we’re lucky, we may even hear some jazz being played by one of New Orleans’ famous street performers or musical groups.
Inclusions: Local guide
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs, tips and gratuities for your guide.
Join us as we explore Jazz’s history, art, and architecture within New Orleans’ Armstrong Park. Located in the Treme neighborhood, Armstrong Park is named after one of the most famous jazz musicians in the world and one of New Orleans’ most beloved sons: Louis Armstrong. Starting underneath the park’s famed lighted arched entrance, 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. There’s always a chance of hearing some live jazz from one of New Orleans’ street performers or local musical groups as your guide leads you through the park, so keep your fingers crossed! Whatever your musical interests, you’ll end this tour with a new appreciation for American music, New Orleans’ famous residents, and the art and sounds of jazz.