New Orleans, Louisiana audio tour: Seeking Live Jazz in Contemporary New Orleans

Seeking Live Jazz in Contemporary New Orleans

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

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.

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

  • New Orleans Jazz Museum

  • Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

Directions to Starting Point

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.

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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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Seeking Live Jazz in Contemporary New Orleans