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Music of New Orleans

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Music of New Orleans
Jazz Was Just the Beginning

When WWL TV’s Eric Paulsen asked Fats Domino if he got to meet the Beatles when they were in New Orleans in 1964, he famously replied, “No, they got to meet me.” While amusing, his statement was actually true. The Fab Four, like most rockers, were inspired and influenced by “The Fat Man,” and requested the meeting themselves.

New Orleans may be famous as the birthplace of jazz, but our role in the evolution of music is much more recent than that. Everybody knows New Orleans gave the world Louis Armstrong, but this city was also the force behind Buddy Bolden, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Prima, Sidney Bechet, Mahalia Jackson, Pete Fountain, Danny Barker, Dave Bartholomew, Harold Battiste, James Booker, Ernie K. Doe, Frankie Ford, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, the Dixie Cups, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, the Meters, Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard, the entire Marsalis family, Lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh, Master P, and Big Freedia…and we’re just getting started. You never NOLA who the city will inspire next.

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Music of NOLA Tour

Jazz great Ellis Marsalis once said, “In other places culture comes down from on high. In New Orleans, it bubbles up from the streets.” It follows then, that to truly understand the soundtrack of New Orleans, you should hit the streets on a Music of NOLA Tour from French Quarter Phantoms.

Yes, go to the music clubs. Yes, take in the festivals. Yes, walk through the streets of the French Quarter and listen to the street musicians. But to get a deeper understanding of the music, you must understand the people and situations that inspired it. The Music of NOLA tour is your chance to do just that.

On this walking tour the Tremé, the country’s oldest African-American neighborhood, you can learn about the music of slavery, traditional jazz, rock ‘n roll, the industrial rock of the 1990’s and more. Hear the stories and listen to the music of the greats of New Orleans jazz, gospel and rock – legends like Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino, the Marsalis family and Trombone Shorty. You’ll go home enriched and inspired.

  • Music of NOLA Tour

    Music of NOLA Tour

    Immerse yourself in the music that make this city and nation great on a walking tour of the Tremé, where jazz and so much New Orleans music was born. The music of slavery, traditional jazz, rock ‘n roll, the industrial rock of the 1990’s…New Orleans played a role in it all. Come hear tales of musical legends like Jelly Roll Morton, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino, the Marsalis family, Trombone Shorty and, of course, Louis Armstrong, the greatest of them all. As you walk along, your tour guide will play some of the most historically important music in America. They ought to call this a “dancing tour” because that’s what you’ll be tempted to do on this experience from French Quarter Phantoms.

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Bourbon Street and Beyond.

Some visitors make the mistake of looking for music only on Bourbon Street – don’t be one of them. More than 80 clubs all over the city offer live music. Follow the music to the clubs on Frenchmen Street, Uptown and the Arts/Warehouse District. Jazz, zydeco, swamp pop, blues, funk, R&B, country, rock, bounce…America’s music was born in New Orleans and it’s still growing up here. Come discover it.

Start Your Musical Adventure with the Clubs Listed Below.


  • Maison Bourbon Jazz Club

    Maison Bourbon Jazz Club

    A Vieux Carre Venue, the famous Maison Bourbon Jazz Club is one of only two jazz clubs still existing on Bourbon Street, where tourists flock to be entertained by accomplished jazz performers.
  • My Bar @635

    My Bar @635

    A Vieux Carre Venue, My Bar @635 offers genuine New Orleans music every night of the week, from jazz and blues to Cajun/Zydeco and R&B. Venture out back to enjoy My Bar's petite courtyard in between sets!
  • The Bombay Club

    The Bombay Club

    This upscale, cozy club, decorated in a British gentlemen's tastes, boasts it all: great drinks, delicious food and nightly live music. Come relax and enjoy one of the Bombay Club's many specialty cocktails.
  • Crescent City Brewhouse

    Crescent City Brewhouse

    New Orleans' first brewpub! Open since 1991, this venerated location is a great place to dine, drink Louisiana craft beer, and hear nightly live jazz. 


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