New Orleans, Louisiana audio tour: Looking for Louis: In Search of Satchmo's Lost New Orleans

Looking for Louis: In Search of Satchmo's Lost New Orleans

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and also the hometown to one of its most influential figures, Louis Armstrong. Louis, also known as Satchmo, became an ambassador of jazz to the world. His career spanned five decades over many diverse eras of jazz. Join me on a stroll of where it all began in his old stomping ground, the neighborhood that was known as Back of Town.

Tour Producer


Kristin Fouquet

Kristin Fouquet is a writer and photographer in the lovely city of New Orleans. Her short fiction and fine art and street photography have been published widely online and in print. She is the author of Twenty Stories, Rampart and Toulouse, The Olive Stain, and Surreptitiously Yours.

Kristin is an avid lover of jazz. She has had the pleasure of witnessing some of the jazz greats, past and present. She has documented some of the spots on her audio tour, "Seeking Live Jazz in Contemporary New Orleans," on her YouTube channel here:

Major Landmarks

  • Eagle Saloon New Orleans

  • Little Gem Saloon New Orleans

Directions to Starting Point

We begin at Holiday Inn New Orleans- Downtown Superdome Hotel located at 330 Loyola Avenue. If on foot, simply walk to Loyola Ave. and find the hotel between Gravier and Perdido Streets. The Loyola Avenue Streetcar also stops near the hotel. If driving, the hotel has a parking lot or you will find many in the vicinity. If parking on the street at a meter, check times and fees.

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Places to stop along the way

Holiday Streetcar Restaurant, The Clarinet, The Original Italian Pie, Little Gem Saloon

Best time of day

Morning, afternoon, or early evening


Keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings.


Great story about how Louie Armstrong started his life and career. Unfortunately most of the historic buildings are gone so you are walking a loop around parking lots and modern office buildings except for three or four buildings that survived ill advised urban renewal in the 1960s.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago
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Looking for Louis: In Search of Satchmo's Lost New Orleans