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“New Orleans Jazz Music 101”

New Orleans Music Tours
Ranked #91 of 214 Tours in New Orleans
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Owner description: 'New Orleans Music Tours' says it all. We give tours of New Orleans Music. Walking tours through music history in the French Quarter and Louis Armstrong National Jazz Park. Evening tours of jazz and historic New Orleans cocktails. Nightclub tours of traditional jazz and blends of traditional with Gypsy, Parisian and street-folk-jazz. Our music tours and music experiences all share the 300 year history that make New Orleans the most influential city in popular music. "Music Gumbo" is our most famous tour. For teens and adults. It is a day-time two hour walking tour through the French Quarter and Armstrong Park. This is great for student groups also. On Music Gumbo you'll stand in historic locations and hear behind the scenes stories of the development of jazz and rock and roll. The stories come to life with snippets of the original recordings played for you on our handheld digital player pods. The 'Jazz On The Rocks' tour is for over 21 adults focuses on the story of the developing years of jazz. During those early days of jazz New Orleanians also created some jazzed up cocktails that are often as fun watch being made as they are to drink. Ramos Gin Fizz shaken 40 times. The Sazerac's perfume of absinthe or herbsaint with sugar, rye whisky and a special twist. The Sazerac is the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans. The Louisiana State legislature voted it so. "Night On The Town" is also a over 21 tour experience that is limited to smaller groups so we can move in and out of the clubs and streets with ease. It an early evening visit to the Frenchmen Street district one block outside of the Quarter. It's less of a tour than it is a live music experience in the city's hot spot of interesting music clubs, bars and hangouts. Its a great introduction to local live entertainment that only a professional tour guide local could show you. New Orleans Music Tours loves to share the history of what makes this city them most influential city in popular music. We thing you'll agree with us. All of our guides are hand picked and City Of New Orleans licensed.
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“New Orleans Jazz Music 101”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Went on a day tour with my wife while we were in New Orleans. Dave was our tour guide. Very inciteful. He goes into detail Bout jazz music and takes you to various historic places in the French quarter. You also learn about the city itself. Make sure to wear some comfortable walking shoes. Dave is very professional. We had to reschedule our tour due to weather and was done without any issues. I highly recommend this tour, especially the first day or two when in New Orleans to learn about the history.

Visited April 2013
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Dave T, Owner at New Orleans Music Tours, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
... pleasure to take y'all out. The weather can be a little dicey but we can almost always figure out a way to work around it. ... 'preciate your flexibility.
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“Great tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Good info, interesting stories. I recommend this tour! Dave knew a lot of the early Jazz history and gave a great overview of the music history of Nola. I felt like I could have spent another 4 hours with Dave.

Visited April 2013
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Dave T, Owner at New Orleans Music Tours, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thanks so much for the kind words. There really is another 4 hours worth of New Orleans music that we could talk about. I guess we'll need to add a tour that includes liquid libation so that we can pause and actually talk longer!
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“Best tour in New Orleans”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

This delightful tour is a MUST! And it's full of pleasant surprises. I had no idea, to start with, that a casual walk through a small part of the French Quarter would visit the roots of so many forms of music in America. Jazz, of course, but who knew New Orleans built its grand French Opera House a quarter of a century before New York City had its Metropolitan! Our knowledgeable raconteur and guide, Will Norris, brought the musical history of the city to life with his marvelous stories and his brief, well-chosen samples of the music itself--made possible by the iPod Nano and crystal-clear minispeaker system he discreetly carried with him as we strolled along.

Visited April 2013
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Dave T, Owner at New Orleans Music Tours, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the tour with us. It really is a privilege to be able to tell New Orleans' musical story to guests of the city. It's amazingly rich and the extent of it surprises almost everyone, even those who already know a lot about our music.
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“Music Gumbo Tour - Highest Marks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

I took the "Music Gumbo Tour" with Will Norris and it was superb. Can't think of an easier, more entertaining way to see the French Quarter and nearby sites and learn about the history and culture of the city and its essential place in the vastness and variety of American popular music.

Visited April 2013
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Will N, Owner at New Orleans Music Tours, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Before the tour started Mr WadeNelson453 told me he is a life long follower of jazz. Uh-oh. Music Gumbo tour isn't aimed at the PhD's of jazz. At the end of the tour it was such a relief to know the Music Gumbo tour hit the mark with more than just the jazz he loves.
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“Music tour of New Orleans”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

New Orleans Music Tours is a great way to see the backbone of the history of music in New Orleans. It's a walking tour that takes the observer back in time to the glory days of jazz and early rock, with stops along the way and places where one can see where it all started. We were there around the Easter holidays so the weather was perfect and there was plenty of celebration in the air. We were fortunate enough to see a wedding celebration make it's way through the side streets with a small band at the lead. All said and done the tour never disappoints. Enjoy!

Visited March 2013
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Will N, Owner at New Orleans Music Tours, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
You certainly were here at the height of our growing wedding season. Wedding second lines are popular these days. Its always exciting to see the top of a sousaphone coming down the street. It means great music and dancing are only a block away and headed your direction.
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