It's said that jazz is America's only original art form. Many claim to have invented the style, but most agree it was a creation with myriad players and influences. Yet, all agree its birthplace was New Orleans. Since its inception, and by its nature to be improvisational, jazz has constantly evolved. It is beloved internationally and countless different styles have emerged. The music scene in New Orleans is as vibrant as ever and continues to change. Grab a drink and join me for a jaunt to visit some of the most exciting contemporary music clubs in the birthplace of jazz.
The Palm Court Jazz Cafe, The Old U.S. Mint, Louisiana Music Factory, Three Muses, d.b.a., Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, Marigny Brasserie, The Spotted Cat Music Club, Apple Barrel
If you're on foot, simply walk to St. Philip Street and the Mississippi River and begin at the levee overlooking the river. Alternatively, you can use the main Dumaine Street entrance to the Moonwalk and stroll left on the levee to the starting point. If in a vehicle, you can park at the French Market Parking Lot; the entrance is on St. Peter Street at Decatur Street. If you'd like to take the Riverfront Streetcar, the Dumaine Station is the nearest stop.
Places to stop along the way:
There are many bars and cafes along the way to get a drink. In New Orleans, you can get a "go-cup," a plastic cup filled with an alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage you can take with you while you walk.
Best time of day:
Sunset at the river to start. Most of the music clubs don't open until early evening.
Keep an eye on your belongings. Pickpockets are known to operate in the area. Most people are friendly and helpful here, but beware of con artists.
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