Discover how'New Orleans gave birth to jazz and rock 'n' roll on this guided, 2.5-hour, small-group walking'tour of the French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods. Through facts, stories, photographs and recorded music, tour guide Jason Songe shows how New Orleans influenced two genres. Listen to Jason's curated playlist and see, through his iPad, the many rarely seen photographs of local people and places, like Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, and Harry Connick, Jr. and Congo Square, Preservation Hall, and Bourbon Street.
This entertaining and educational tour with guide Jason Songe begins at Addiction Coffeehouse, located at 909 Iberville Street in the French Quarter. The tour leaves every day at 10am and 2pm.
Stroll down to Bourbon Street, where it takes a left towards Esplanade Avenue. Jason explains how Bourbon Street is zoned and gives a short history of the street before continuing to the Famous Door, the oldest music venue on Bourbon Street. Learn about piano prodigy Harry Connick Jr. and his history with the Famous Door.
The journey continues to the site of the French Opera House, the first opera house in America. Visit what was the Ivanhoe Piano Bar, where funk group the Meters got their start. Listen to hip-hop songs that sample their music. The tour then turns off Bourbon onto St. Peter Street to visit Preservation Hall. Hear the history of the Hall and then continue into Jackson Square for a basic history of the city and the St. Louis Cathedral. Hear about'a Catholic priest who let the city burn in 1794.
Leaving'the square, continue along Chartres Street until the tour reaches the former home of Danny Barker, who sparked the brass band rebirth in the 1970s. Walk along Chartres until Governor Nicholls Street for a visit to the site of Cosimo Matassa's recording studio. Discover'the connection between Brad Pitt and Little Richard.
Elsewhere, see'the site of Kingsway Studios, where Pearl Jam, REM, Sheryl Crow, and many others recorded during the 1990s; J&M Studios, where Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded; and see where jazz began at Armstrong Park and Congo Square, where jazz began.