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 walking tour in the French Quarter (architecture reflecting Spanish colonial influences). Evening: late-night live music at Preservation Hall.
Free morning followed by afternoon excursion to Oak Alley Plantation (National Historic Landmark, named for its avenue of southern live oak trees) for guided tour. Evening: live music at the Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Daytime: Bayou riverboat excursion. Evening: dinner and live music at Snug Harbor (popular venue located behind a renovated 1800s storefront).
Morning: private jazz workshop with Tour Director and fellow musicians. Afternoon: New Orleans Museum of Art and sculpture garden.
Transfer to Natchez via Baton Rouge for Museum of Rural Life (artefacts and dwellings from 18th-19th century Louisiana) and St Francisville. Overnight at the Grand Hotel Natchez.
Transfer to Clarksdale via Vicksburg Civil War site (short guided tour), Leland (Highway 61 Blues Museum) and Dockery Farms (cotton plantation, believed to be a major centre for the development of Delta blues). Continue to Clarksdale (site of the legendary ‘Devil’s Crossroads’) for overnight at the Hampton Inn. Evening: live music at Ground Zero Blues Club.
Transfer to Memphis for visit to Graceland (mansion owned by Elvis Presley) and then continue to the Peabody Hotel, Memphis, for two nights. Free evening.
Morning lecture followed by visits to National Civil Rights Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Farewell dinner and live music on Beale Street (Itta Bena and BB King’s).
Transfer to Memphis Airport for 1235 departure via Dallas Fort Worth.
Arrive London Heathrow 0735.
29 Mar — 9 Apr 2019
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return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, seven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities for group services.
ESTA, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £755.