The Armstrong Park Music Tour is a 90-minute walking tour entirely within the 32 acre New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. You’ll hear the stories and recordings of the important people and events from whence jazz bloomed in the late 1800s.
The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park honors Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo, born blocks away in a neighborhood know as ‘Back of Town’. From a rough and tumble childhood Louis became a renowned trumpeter, composer, singer
and world ambassador of jazz. Armstrong Park is also dedicated to all of the people, places and events that influenced the development of jazz.
The tour begins with a walk through the heart of the park, Congo Square. During the 18th century this was just outside of city La Nouvelle-Orléans and this is the very place that slaves were allowed to gather on Sundays. This site is considered to be the birthplace of jazz and popular American music.
From Congo Square it’s an easy tour through the beautiful park. Your music tour guide will share great stories of the history of jazz told through the monuments, markers and buildings and bridges in parts of the park that most sightseers never visit. Along with the great jazz history stories your guide will play digital snippets of many original artist recordings.
Statues honoring Mardi Gras Indian traditions, early innovator of jazz Sidney Bechet, and the man said to have made blues danceable and jass’d up, Buddy Bolden. The impressive Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts honors the first lady of gospel. and many, many more.
Quick Tour Details:
- Tour Starts at the grand arch of the park corner of St. Ann Street and Rampart Street bordering the French Quarter.
- A 90 minute guided walking tour
- Sites include with great stories and original artist recordings.
- Pathways lined with great live oaks and tall palms. Rest on park benches and lagoon bridge steps throughout the park. No cars or trucks buzzing by.
- Exceptional digital playlist of original recordings by great innovators of jazz.
- This is a great tour for groups. Completely within the boundaries of Louis Armstrong Jazz Park.
- Map of French Quarter and Armstrong Park
The newly restored Rampart-St.Claude Streetcar stops in front of the Armstrong Park. It’s been almost 50 years since the streetcars rumbled down Rampart Street. It’s a fun way to arrive at the Armstrong Park tour.
For more information about tickets and private charters of streetcar go to the New Orleans Regional Transport Authority’s website. Here’s the latest info available on the See our Map page view of Armstrong Park, the French Quarter and Rampart Street
Tour Price – $25 Adults, $20 Students – Two person minimum be booked for the tour to go out. If you are a single ticket purchaser check the booking status by following ‘Book Now!’ to tour calendar.Book now!
More about the Armstrong Park Music Tour
You may see the park listed under several different names – Louis Armstrong New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park or New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. The locals call it “Armstrong Park” so we’ll stick with that. Armstrong Park is part of our U.S. National Parks Service.
Many of the sites you’ll visit are rarely seen by passing tourists or locals. Brass name plates scattered in the sidewalks remember sometimes obscure but important jazz musicians or bands. Farther from ‘front gate tourists’ are several buildings saved from the bulldozers when part of the 200-year old Treme neighborhood was razed. not for this park but for a 1970’s failed family style French Quarter theme park.
Because of the compact size of the park we have less walking and more time for stories. Popular because there are no streets to cross and wide, wide sidewalks. Great for school and conference groups on tight schedules. Tour group managers and chaperones have better oversight of their charges.
With the launch of the Armstrong Park Music Tour we continue our stand as innovators and unchallenged leaders in tours of this city’s great musical heritage. This tour is the only formal on-site presentation of Louis Armstrong National Jazz Park. Unfortunate for the public there are no self-guided tour pamphlets, no brochures and sadly very few plaques and markers around the park. Even the grand bronze statue of park namesake Louis Armstrong has only a small bronze sidewalk plaque, a tiny tribute to Louis’ musical influence and worldwide fame.
Tour Price – $25 per person, $20 for students. Tour requires a minimum of two persons booked in order to go out. Single ticket purchasers can check status of upcoming tours by clicking on BOOK NOW button to see upcoming schedule.
African Drum Circle & Dance – A very special add-on event.
Want to feel the rhythms in your bones? Want to truly touch the origins New Orleans music? For only $450 and 45 additional minutes your private tour group will have a hands-on experience. Everyone in your group can participate in learning and performing the music and dance that were central to the Sundays of freedom allowed to enslaved African under colonial French and Spanish law.
TOUR NOTES – There are No Restr0oms in Armstrong Park.
Armstrong Park is the setting for many concert and festivals that may restrict access to either Congo Square or Armstrong Park. We try to keep up with what’s going on, and managed the calendar accordingly. Sometimes the park events turn out to be tour lagniappe.