Ken Burns Event! Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has said that in trying to make the years of the early 20th century come alive in his films, he discovered that jazz music – what he describes as the “soundtrack of America” during those decades – did the trick. “Using jazz music to illustrate the 20s, the 30s, the 40s and the 50s drew me to jazz,” he recalls. “I had to know something about it. And as I learned more about it, I wanted to make a film about it.” The journey of discovery that resulted in Ken Burns’s acclaimed documentary Jazz has inspired a one-of-a-kind travel experience crafted by Ken Burns and Tauck to celebrate this uniquely American music in the uniquely American city in which it was born.
Returning for another encore after successful appearances in 2011, 2013 and 2015,
The Tauck Jazz Event, a Ken Burns Event, brings guests together March 29 – April 2, 2017 in the birthplace of jazz – New Orleans – for five extraordinary days of live musical performances, themed sightseeing and exclusive experiences... including a personal appearance by Ken Burns. You’ll visit some of the places in New Orleans that played a role in the creation and history of jazz in the French Quarter and throughout the city, from Basin Street and Preservation Hall to NOCCA and Tremé. You’ll explore jazz archives and collections, museums and historic sites with insights from musicians, scholars and historians... as well as from master storyteller Ken Burns himself, in a keynote address at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts that's followed by an opportunity to meet Ken and a special private performance by Ellis Marsalis. But most importantly, you’ll enjoy exclusive opportunities to hear this glorious music live – performed by artists including pianist and jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, saxophonist and singer Donald Harrison and others – in venues ranging from legendary Preservation Hall to The Orpheum Theater, New Orleans' recently restored Jazz-Age gem, for a jazz-filled gala farewell dinner.
The event is limited to 210 guests. Daily sightseeing will be in intimate small groups of approximately 35 Tauck guests. Each group, accompanied by a dedicated Tauck Director along with local experts and guides, will embark daily on one of three custom-crafted sightseeing tracks designed to showcase the nature, history and cultural significance of jazz music, and the topics that Ken Burns sees as critical to our understanding and appreciation of it: “Roots of Jazz,” “Jazz in the Quarter” and “Jazz & the Story of Survival Today.” Later, all groups gather to enjoy extraordinary evenings of live jazz – and more – together.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience brings to life the stories, personalities, events and influences that have shaped – and continue to shape – the music we know as jazz. Below is a sample itinerary that follows one of our five-day sightseeing track schedules:
Sample Day-By-Day Itinerary
1. Arrive New Orleans, LA
Welcome Cocktail Reception & Jazz “Informance” at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans / Welcome Dinner with jazz trio at Arnaud’s
2. Roots of Jazz
Basin Street / St. Louis Cemetery #1 / Lunch in a historic neighborhood / Bruce Boyd Raeburn Talk & Jazz Greats Collection Viewing at Old U.S. Mint
Exclusive Keynote Address by Ken Burns at NOCCA; Open House / Performance by pianist & jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis
3. Jazz in the Quarter
French Quarter / Cabildo Tour with Charles Chamberlain / Private Performance at Preservation Hall / Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch
Donald Harrison & Congo Nation Mardi Gras Indians
4. Jazz & the Story of Survival Today
Breakfast Talk by Lolis Eric Elie / Nellie Watson Lecture, Ritz-Carlton /
Tour of Tremé / Le Musée de f.p.c. Visit / St. Augustine Church
Gala Farewell Dinner with Live Jazz at The Orpheum Theater
5. Breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton / Fly home anytime.
Airport transfers included.