From New Orleans to Memphis: Jazz, Blues and the Making of Modern America
29 Mar — 9 Apr 2019 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett
• Delve into the rich sounds, sites and flavours of the ‘cradle of jazz’ – New Orleans
• Trace the threads of US history and the evolution of musical genres as we progress along the Mississippi to Memphis
• Enjoy live music, complemented by relaxing daytime excursions in the cities and surrounding countryside
Sandy Burnett, MA
a musician and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster
Depart London Heathrow 1355 on British Airways, arriving New Orleans 1855. Transfer to the Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, for six nights.
Introductory lecture followed by morning orientation walk of New Orleans including Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral (founded in the 18th century) and Louis Armstrong Park. Free afternoon. Dinner at the Palm Court Jazz Café (live jazz in historical French Quarter surroundings).
Morning lecture followed by historical visits in the French Quarter (architecture reflecting Spanish colonial influences). Evening: opportunity to enjoy live music at the Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Free morning followed by afternoon excursion to Whitney Plantation Museum (founded by German immigrants; focus on slave history) for guided tour. Opportunity to enjoy late-night live music at Preservation Hall (subject to confirmation).
Daytime: Bayou riverboat excursion. Evening: opportunity to visit the Maple Leaf Bar for live music with Rebirth Brass Band.
Morning visit to the US Old Mint (important economic and political role, now home to a museum of jazz). Afternoon: private jazz workshop.
Baton Rouge Museum of Rural Life (guided tour) followed by St Francisville (small town on the banks of the Mississippi with several historical buildings). Overnight at the Grand Hotel Natchez.
Morning: Windsor Ruins (remains of a very large antebellum mansion, built in 1861). Afternoon: Vicksburg Civil War site. Overnight at Greenville (part of the Mississippi Blues Trail, home to the famous Nelson Street).
Morning visit to Clarksdale (site of the legendary ‘devil’s crossroads’) followed by Memphis for afternoon visits. Two nights at the Peabody Hotel, Memphis.
Morning lecture. Visits to Graceland (mansion owned by Elvis Presley) and the National Civil Rights Museum, with opportunity to enjoy late-night live music on Beale Street.
Transfer to Memphis Airport for 1235 departure via Dallas Fort Worth.
Arrive London Heathrow 0735.
29 Mar — 9 Apr 2019
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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, six dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities for group services.
Not included: ESTA, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £755.