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The Tauck Jazz Event

Ken Burns American Journeys

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5
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$4,790
Journey Type
Tauck Events
Time of Year
Mar
Cities & Landmarks
New Orleans, Preservation Hall, New Orleans Jazz Museum, The Presbytère, French Quarter, Basin Street, Le Musée de f.p.c.
The Tauck Jazz Event
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TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Keynote address by Ken Burns at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), followed by an opportunity to meet him at a private open house reception

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private performance by New Orleans-born jazz trumpeter, composer and producer Christian Scott, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and a graduate of NOCCA and the Berklee College of Music, at NOCCA

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private performance by “The King of Nouveau Swing,” Donald Harrison and the Congo Nation Band

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private performance for our guests only at legendary Preservation Hall

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private gala Farewell Evening at The Roosevelt New Orleans – including an open-bar cocktail party followed by dinner in The Blue Room, with dancing to the big band sounds of Deacon John & the Ivories Orchestra

 

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The sounds of jazz fill the air as you explore its birthplace, New Orleans, and learn about the past, present and future of jazz on this one-of-a-kind Tauck Ken Burns Event.

Welcome to the Jazz Event

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.

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 event features guided exploration through jazz history where it was made with noted jazz experts and historians, and a private behind-the-scenes tour of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Returning for another encore after four successful appearances in previous years, The Tauck Jazz Event, a Ken Burns Event, brings guests together March 27 – 31, 2019, 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 filmmaker Ken Burns himself, in a keynote address at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts followed by an exclusive performance by noted jazz trumpeter and composer Christian Scott and his band and an opportunity to meet Ken at a private open house reception. But most importantly, you’ll enjoy exclusive opportunities to hear this glorious music live. Private evenings and performances include... a welcome performance by Dr. Michael White & his band... an open bar reception at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans; and an exclusive dinner with live jazz trios at iconic Arnaud’s... Exclusive private performances by nationally known jazz artists including trumpeter Christian Scott at NOCCA, saxophonist Donald Harrison at The Ritz-Carlton, and others... Exclusive private performance for Tauck guests only at legendary Preservation Hall... and a gala farewell evening at The Roosevelt New Orleans including a private cocktail party with live jazz in The Blue Room, and dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom, followed by dancing to the big band sounds of Wendell Brunious and his band.

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. 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. Sightseeing tracks include:

The Roots of Jazz – Visit Basin Street Station for stories of homegrown jazz pioneers like Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, St. Louis Cemetery #1 and Rampart Street. Enjoy lunch in one of Satchmo’s old neighborhoods, a private tour by a noted jazz archivist, and a viewing of historic instruments at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Jazz in the Quarter – Encounter jazz at every turn in New Orleans’ iconic French Quarter – from a private tour at the historic Presbytere, to a rare private performance for Tauck guests only at that shrine of traditional jazz, Preservation Hall, to a special lunch at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau, featuring fine Creole cuisine on Jackson Square.

Jazz & the Story of Survival in New Orleans Today – Explore Tremé – America’s oldest neighborhood of “free people of color” – for stories of survival in the wake of Hurricane Katrina… from a walking tour and a lecture by an environmental architect to insights on jazz funerals and “second line” traditions, Mardi Gras Indians and more.

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Tauck Exclusive – Meet Ken Burns at NOCCA

Exclusive keynote address by Ken Burns at NOCCA, with an opportunity to meet him

As filmmaker Ken Burns puts it: “Using jazz music to illustrate the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s drew me to jazz… I had to know something about it. And as I learned more about it, I wanted to make a film about it.” That film became Ken’s award-winning PBS documentary series “Jazz”… and the inspiration for The Tauck Jazz Event in New Orleans… featuring an exclusive keynote address by Ken Burns and an opportunity to meet him at an open house with New Orleans cuisine and drinks at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). This gala evening also includes an exclusive performance by noted young New Orleans-born jazz trumpeter and NOCCA graduate Christian Scott... all in the city where jazz began!

Tauck Exclusive – Private performance at Preservation Hall

A Tauck Exclusive, private performance for our guests only at New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall

Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street in New Orleans, Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms – Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture – presenting intimate, acoustic traditional jazz concerts over 350 nights a year, featuring ensembles of local master musicians. And during the Tauck Jazz Event, you’ll enjoy the rare privilege of a private performance for our guests only at legendary Preservation Hall!

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

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Charm and grace on the edge of the French Quarter

The peace and quiet of the courtyard at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans might make you forget that you’re smack in the heart of the Crescent City – on the edge of the famous French Quarter, a block from vibrant Bourbon Street. Inside and out, the hotel’s ambiance reflects the grace of the Garden District’s antebellum mansions; it’s the perfect base for your Tauck Jazz Event… and for exploring the remarkable birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans.

What a WOW of a trip! No way could we have done all of the excursions or heard all of the wonderful music on our own. Our Tauck Directors were wonderful and it was thrilling to meet Ken...

Louis and Jane Bodnar

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All Inclusive means just that – virtually every Tauck Event cost is included in one upfront price, from all gratuities to Tauck Directors, drivers and local guides to services of on-site Tauck Concierge staff, themed sightseeing tracks in small groups and much more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

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Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

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Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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