The Tauck Jazz Event
5 days with Tauck Rating:
Day 1 The Home of Jazz
The Home of Jazz In his preface to the companion book to his documentary series Jazz, Ken Burns quotes essayist Gerald Early: "When they study our civilization two thousand years from now, there will only be three things that Americans will be known for: the Constitution, baseball and jazz music." Today, Tauck and Ken Burns welcome you to the hometown of jazz... for an unprecedented five-day celebration of the past, present and future of the music about which one of its major innovators - legendary pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington - once said "is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country." A transfer is included from New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport to The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Guests pre-staying or arriving in New Orleans earlier on Day 1 may join your Tauck Director for a 90-minute tour including a ride on a St. Charles St. streetcar, and a guided visit to the McKenna Museum of African-American Art, offered in the morning through mid-afternoon; you may sign up for this tour at check-in. Your one-of-a-kind jazz odyssey begins early this evening at the event's elegant home base, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, at 5:00 PM in the Ritz Ballroom with a performance by multi-faceted New Orleans-based clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and educator Dr. Michael White - widely regarded as one of today's leading standard-bearers of traditional New Orleans jazz - and his band. Next, join us in the Ritz-Carlton's Winter Garden and Library for a private Welcome Reception. Then it's on to Arnaud's, in the heart of the French Quarter, for a Welcome Dinner featuring that legendary establishment's classic New Orleans cuisine and... of course... more jazz, as two jazz trios perform during dinner! (D)
Day 2 Roots of Jazz
Where Jazz was Born As Ken Burns tells it: "Somewhere in the late 19th century, something happens, where you know it isn't the blues... you know it isn't all these other slave hymns and complex African polyrhythms that the slaves brought... it isn't the Scotch-Irish Protestant hymns or the folksongs... the Viennese waltzes, or even the syncopation of ragtime.... it is a gumbo, a mixture of all these different things... born in the most cosmopolitan city in the United States, New Orleans." "It" was jazz... and today you'll explore its roots in its birthplace, New Orleans, in some of the areas of the city where that "gumbo" was blended, brought to a simmer and seasoned throughout the early decades of the 20th century. Delve into jazz history with a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the New Orleans Jazz Museum with historian and Jazz Archive Director Greg Lambousy, followed by time to explore the jazz collections in the Old U.S. Mint... including an opportunity to view artifacts from the archives, including actual instruments played by homegrown New Orleans jazz pioneers including Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and other early giants of jazz. Enjoy a private lunch featuring Southern specialties at the Little Gem Saloon in the historic 400 block of South Rampart Street (the home turf of a young Satchmo), including a performance by Doreen's Jazz New Orleans. Visit Basin Street, the heart of the birthplace of jazz; take a walk through historic St. Louis Cemetery #1, where you'll see notable above-ground graves and learn about the city's iconic jazz funerals; and continue on to Congo Square, where New Orleans' enslaved people once gathered to play and create music that eventually evolved into jazz. Stop at Basin Street Station, where local guides tell the stories of Basin Street - the cultural crossroads of New Orleans - as well as of the Storyville red-light district, where Jelly Roll Morton and others played. After some free time in the afternoon, join us for tonight's extraordinary, Tauck Exclusive gala evening at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, featuring a keynote address by Ken Burns; an open house with New Orleans cuisine and drinks (with a chance to visit with Ken); and an exclusive performance by noted young New Orleans-born jazz trumpeter, composer and producer Christian Scott, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and a graduate of NOCCA and the Berklee College of Music. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Jazz in the Quarter
The Epicenter of Jazz "Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine - I look right in the heart of good old New Orleans... It has given me something to live for." The words of New Orleans native and jazz giant Louis Armstrong. Although he hit it big in Chicago in the 1920s and later became a legend throughout the world, "Satchmo" cut his teeth right here in the French Quarter - an iconic place that will be forever identified as the capital of jazz. You'll encounter jazz at every turn of your journey through the French Quarter today - from a special tour of the collections at the historic Presbytere on Jackson Square with Louisiana State Museum Music Historian Charles Chamberlain... to a private performance for Tauck guests only at one of the great shrines of traditional jazz, Preservation Hall... and a special lunch featuring fine Creole cuisine at Dickie Brennan's Tableau on Jackson Square. Early this evening, attend a private performance by saxophonist, singer and composer Donald Harrison ("The King of Nouveau Swing") and the Congo Nation Band. Harrison pioneered the "Nouveau Swing" style of jazz; a producer, singer and rapper in the traditional Afro-New Orleans Culture and hip-hop genres, he is the Big Chief of the Congo Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group, and worked as a consultant, musician and actor on the TV series Treme. Later, you'll have time to enjoy a night as you please in New Orleans - the city rated #1 in the US for live music, cafés, antique shops, restaurants and people-watching by Travel + Leisure; our Tauck concierge or the concierge of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans will be able to assist you with dinner suggestions. (B, L)
Day 4 Jazz & the Story of Survival
azz & the Story of Survival... Tremé & Beyond Ken Burns has commented that jazz takes the principle of improvisation "and elevates it... and isn't that natural, that the people that invent it - the community that it was born in - should have the peculiar experience of being un-free in a free land? Well, if you're un-free in a free land, you've got to improvise a lot more than anybody else." Today, you'll explore the Tremé section of New Orleans, the oldest neighborhood of "Free People of Color" in the US, and home to some of the city's most recognizable cultural legacies... and to stories of survival in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, portrayed in the acclaimed 2010 - 2013 HBO TV series Treme. This sightseeing track begins with a lecture on the city pre- and post-Katrina at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans by environmental designer Nellie Watson. Then you'll head to Tremé, where you'll visit Le Musée de f.p.c., a house museum honoring the legacy of the city's free people of color, set within a beautiful 1859 Greek revival mansion in the Upper Tremé; and gain insights on the area's second-line and Mardi Gras Indian traditions. A walking tour of the neighborhood includes a private tour of Treme's Petit Jazz Museum, where you'll meet its Curator, jazz historian and Tremé native Al Jackson. And tonight, we gather together to wrap up our extraordinary jazz event in grand fashion with our Tauck Exclusive, private gala Farewell Evening at The Roosevelt New Orleans - including a open-bar cocktail party featuring vocalist Sharon Martin in The Roosevelt's famous jazz performance venue, The Blue Room; and dinner in the opulent Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom, followed by dancing to the big band sounds of noted New Orleans-born jazz trumpeter and former Preservation Hall Jazz Band leader Wendell Brunious and his band. (B, D)
Day 5 The Tauck Jazz Event comes to a close
Event ends: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans to New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport; you should allow two hours for check-in. (B)
All This Included
Ken Burns Event! Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has said that in trying to make the years of the early 20th century come alive in his films, he discovered that jazz music - what he describes as the "soundtrack of America" during those decades - did the trick. "Using jazz music to illustrate the 20s, the 30s, the 40s and the 50s drew me to jazz," he recalls. "I had to know something about it. And as I learned more about it, I wanted to make a film about it." The journey of discovery that resulted in Ken Burns's acclaimed documentary Jazz has inspired a one-of-a-kind travel experience crafted by Ken Burns and Tauck to celebrate this uniquely American music in the uniquely American city in which it was born. The event features guided exploration through jazz history where it was made with noted jazz experts and historians, and a private behind-the-scenes tour of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Returning for another encore after four successful appearances in previous years, The Tauck Jazz Event, a Ken Burns Event, brings guests together March 27 - 31, 2019, in the birthplace of jazz - New Orleans - for five extraordinary days of live musical performances, themed sightseeing and exclusive experiences... including a personal appearance by Ken Burns. You'll visit some of the places in New Orleans that played a role in the creation and history of jazz in the French Quarter and throughout the city, from Basin Street and Preservation Hall to NOCCA and Tremé. You'll explore jazz archives and collections, museums and historic sites with insights from musicians, scholars and historians... as well as from filmmaker Ken Burns himself, in a keynote address at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts followed by an exclusive performance by noted jazz trumpeter and composer Christian Scott and his band and an opportunity to meet Ken at a private open house reception. But most importantly, you'll enjoy exclusive opportunities to hear this glorious music live. Private evenings and performances include... a welcome performance by Dr. Michael White & his band... an open bar reception at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans; and an exclusive dinner with live jazz trios at iconic Arnaud's... Exclusive private performances by nationally known jazz artists including trumpeter Christian Scott at NOCCA, saxophonist Donald Harrison at The Ritz-Carlton, and others... Exclusive private performance for Tauck guests only at legendary Preservation Hall... and a gala farewell evening at The Roosevelt New Orleans including a private cocktail party with live jazz in The Blue Room, and dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom, followed by dancing to the big band sounds of Wendell Brunious and his band.
New Orleans: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
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