Jazz in New Orleans

Jazz in New Orleans

Led by Historian Dina M. Bennett

March 20-24, 2023

New Orleans, musician, trumpet player


Experience the rhythms of New Orleans on a five-day musical journey with The History Channel. Once home to jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Wynton Marsalis, experience jazz in the city where it was born. On this History Travel™ adventure, explore New Orleans’ musical past on a customized walking tour, including a visit to Louis Armstrong Park’s Congo Square; indulge in an exclusive cooking demonstration with a master chef and sommelier on Algiers Point; go behind the scenes at the Jazz Museum; meet a member of the Mardi Gras Zulu Krewe, and enjoy hearing beloved jazz standards performed by a Grammy-award-winning local musician. Return from New Orleans with a deep appreciation for the city’s rich musical heritage, which continues to echo throughout the city today. 



    • Learn from local musicians and experts about New Orleans’ rich musical and cultural heritage 
    • Stroll through the French Quarter with Grammy-award-winning artist, Kevin Ray Clark, who will provide an insider’s view of jazz clubs along your route and join the artists on stage for a special performance
    • Travel outside the city to the Kid Ory House, site of a legendary slave rebellion, where you will join an award-winning author to learn about the birth of jazz and enjoy a traditional creole lunch 
    • Participate in an immersive sensory experience with a master chef, sommelier and jazz musician in an exclusive cooking demonstration, wine pairing, and live concert on historic Algiers Point
    • Visit Mardi Gras World and meet a member of the Zulu Krewe, which crowned Louis Armstrong “King” in 1949—his proudest achievement 
Trip historian, Dina Bennett

Trip Historian

Dina M. Bennett

Dina M. Bennett is the Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the American Jazz Museum, and an ethnomusicologist who specializes in African American music and culture. She most recently served as the founding Curatorial Director of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, the first national institution dedicated to educating, preserving, and celebrating more than fifty music genres and subgenres that were created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. Dr. Bennett has previously served as the Associate Director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; and the Director of Education at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi.    

Dr. Bennett has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology with a minor in African American & African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University. She serves on the boards of the Association of African American Museums and The Blues Foundation.   


Settle into your hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, then join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner and live music at the Palm Court Jazz Café, whose stylish décor reflects the elegance of old New Orleans. 

Included Meal: Dinner
Accommodations: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter

Join a local journalist for an in-depth walking tour to learn how New Orleans became the cradle of jazz. Explore the city’s musical roots from jazz and blues to R&B, Cajun, zydeco, and gospel as you learn about historic Preservation Hall and travel to Louis Armstrong Park in Congo Square at the edge of the French Quarter. Dubbed Congo Square in honor of the enslaved people who historically gathered at this site to sing, beat drums, sell handicrafts, and celebrate, Congo Square remains a vibrant meeting place.  

Later, enjoy a curator tour of the Jazz Museum, housed in a former branch of the U.S. Mint, where you will see instruments played by jazz greats, listen to historical recordings, and enjoy a private performance in the Museum’s state of the art music room (subject to confirmation). Stop for fresh beignets at Café Du Monde and spend the rest of the day exploring the lively French Quarter on your own.  

Included Meal: Beignets
Accommodations: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter

Behold the elaborate designs and larger-than-life floats at Mardi Gras World, featured on the History Channel. Tour the vast warehouse, observe an artist at work creating the floats, and learn about the exciting history of one of New Orleans’ most beloved events.

In 1949, Louis Armstrong – the King of Jazz – was crowned the Zulu King, a “dream come true” for the music legend. Today, you will learn about the spirit and spectacle of the dozens of Mardi Gras krewes and meet with a member of the Zulu Krewe. Later, join Grammy-award-winning artist, Kevin Ray Clark for an immersive “jazz tumble” through the French Quarter. Join Kevin for drinks in three jazz clubs, where you will meet and mingle with band members and watch as your guide jams with the bands. Continue to enjoy the French Quarter’s nightlife on your own this evening.  

Included Meal: Lunch 
Accommodations: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter

Join journalist John McCusker on a tour of the Kid Ory House, the birthplace of pioneering musician Edward “Kid” Ory, who played trombone alongside Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet, and thought by some historians to be the unsung inspiration for the dawn of jazz. The Kid Ory House was also site of a failed slave rebellion in 1811. Today, you will learn about the intersection of this tragic history and the birth of jazz. View antique instruments and enjoy a traditional south creole lunch on the spacious front porch.  

Tonight, embark by ferry to Algier’s Point, a bohemian home for musicians. Follow in the footsteps of legends along the Jazz Walk of Fame to an unforgettable culinary experience with local chef and master sommelier Karen Duncan and musician Kevin Ray Clark as they co-host an exclusive cooking show, featuring Cajun specialties like fragrant jambalaya and seafood gumbo, in a historic venue on Algier’s Point. Indulge all your senses with a wine pairing and live musical entertainment throughout the evening.  

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter

Depart New Orleans for individual flights home. 

Available Dates & Pricing

March 20-24, 2023

$ 2,995
Single supplement $495
  • $500 deposit to reserve your space
  • Comprehensive educational program by professional on-site guides
  • Accommodations and meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and visits, including entrance fees, as specified in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation within the itinerary
  • Gratuities to porters, drivers, and guides
  • The assistance of an ATA tour manager for comprehensive logistical and customer service management on the trip
  • The assistance of an ATA professional travel team to assist with pre-trip questions, travel
    arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights, and other services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information about the destination and what to expect on the trip, including a suggested reading list
  • Fully vetted program that meets COVID-19 health and safety protocols
Trip accommodation, Whyndham New Orleans


Wyndham New Orleans | French Quarter

The Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter is perfectly situated in the heart of the bustling French Quarter, steps from restaurants, live music venues, and the city’s historic street cars. The property mixes the historic charm of the French Quarter with modern services and amenities like spacious rooms, an indoor heated pool, and fitness center.

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