Get Jazzed in New Orleans
It might be a sin to go to New Orleans and not hear jazz. Venues run the gamut from sophisticated hotel lounges, like trumpeter Jeremy Davenport's eponymous salon at the Ritz-Carlton, to dives like the Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street, where swing dancing locals defy the bar's boite-like parameters. You can't go wrong with Preservation Hall, a venue that dates back to 1961 where you can find nightly jazz shows. And then there's Jazz Fest (officially the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival). The annual celebration of the music of New Orleans showcases jazz (naturally), but also blues, R&B, folk, bluegrass, rap, rock, and country music. Of course, there's food, too, and while the majority of events take place at the Fair Grounds, there are special music performances throughout the city.
By Geraldine Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
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