From New Orleans to Memphis: Jazz, Blues and the Making of Modern America
6 Apr — 17 Apr 2020 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett
• Delve into the rich sounds, sites and flavours of the ‘cradle of jazz’ – New Orleans
• Trace the threads of US history and the evolution of musical genres as we progress along the Mississippi to Memphis
• Enjoy live music, complemented by relaxing daytime excursions in the cities and surrounding countryside
a musician and former BBC Radio 3 broadcaster
Depart London Heathrow 1540 on British Airways, arriving New Orleans 1935. Transfer to the Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, for six nights.
Introductory lecture – Jazz: its origins and beginnings – followed by morning orientation walk of New Orleans including Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral (founded in the 18th century) and Louis Armstrong Park. Free afternoon. Dinner at the Palm Court Jazz Café (live jazz in historical French Quarter surroundings).
Morning lecture – Jazz pioneers: a look at some of the early greats – followed by walking tour in the French Quarter (architecture reflecting Spanish colonial influences). Afternoon visit to Hermann Grimma House. Evening: late-night live music at Preservation Hall.
Free morning followed by afternoon excursion to Oak Alley Plantation (National Historic Landmark, named for its avenue of southern live oak trees) for guided tour. Evening: live music at the Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Morning lecture – The Great Migration, Chicago, the Harlem Renaissance and The Jazz Age – followed by Bayou riverboat excursion. Evening: dinner and live music at Snug Harbor (popular venue located behind a renovated 1800s storefront).
Morning: private jazz performance with the Shotgun Jazz Band, featuring the Tour Director and local musicians. Afternoon: New Orleans Museum of Art and sculpture garden.
Transfer to Natchez via Baton Rouge for Museum of Rural Life (artefacts and dwellings from 18th-19th century Louisiana) and St Francisville. Overnight at the Natchez Grand Hotel, Natchez.
Transfer to Clarksdale via Vicksburg Civil War site (short guided tour), Leland (Highway 61 Blues Museum) and Dockery Farms (cotton plantation, believed to be a major centre for the development of Delta blues). Continue to the Hampton Inn, Clarksdale (site of the legendary ‘Devil’s Crossroads’), for overnight. Evening: optional live music at Ground Zero Blues Club.
Transfer to Memphis for visit to Graceland (mansion owned by Elvis Presley) before continuing to Memphis for two nights at the Peabody Hotel. Free evening.
Morning lecture – Welcome to Soulsville: Sun, Stax and Civil Rights – followed by visits to National Civil Rights Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Farewell dinner and live music on Beale Street (Itta Bena and BB King’s).
Transfer to Memphis Airport for 1615 departure via Dallas Fort Worth.
Arrive Heathrow 1300.
6 Apr — 17 Apr 2020
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"Warm personality coupled with vast background knowledge of music make Sandy an excellent Tour Director."
Although this tour is not physically demanding, a good level of stamina is required to enjoy the evening entertainment, which takes the form of after-dinner performances on a number of occasions. As expected with the jazz genre, the music can be loud at times. Please note this tour also includes four hotel changes as we journey from New Orleans to our final stop in Memphis.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Cost of £4765 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, seven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities for group services.
Not included: ESTA, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £780.