15 January 2018 Comments Off on New Orleans: Jazz & the French Quarter Travel Tips & Advice
Whether you come during Mardi Gras or any other time of year, there are only a few places on the planet that can touch the senses the way New Orleans, Louisiana, can. As soon as you enter the French Quarter, the historic centre of this famous city on the Mississippi River, you become entranced by the architecture, Cajun cuisine and lively music coming from restaurants and street corners.
Of course, aside from Mardi Gras, New Orleans is mostly known as the birthplace of jazz. This uniquely American art form developed here 100 years ago when African-American musicians absorbed European musical elements and created their own unique sound. To this day in New Orleans, you can still enjoy it casually on almost every street corner or hear it in a real jazz club. A trip to New Orleans is not complete without hearing some authentic jazz.
There are countless music halls and jazz venues to choose from throughout New Orleans, but both jazz lovers and novices should catch a performance at Preservation Hall. This is a true New Orleans institution, where you can experience authentic jazz.
Another great location to catch live jazz is Frenchmen Street, just about a block outside the French Quarter. This lively area has come to be known by the locals as one of the best places to enjoy live music in the city. Grab a beer and wander along the street to hear great tunes coming from each bar. There are countless music halls and jazz clubs to choose from, and one particular favourite is the Spotted Cat Music Club. The sign outside the door says the music begins at 4 p.m. and doesn’t end until 2 a.m., a schedule typical of New Orleans entertainment, so there’s no excuse for missing out.