A music note from Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne
Louisiana is the birthplace of several music genres but one stands out due to its reach, impact and incredible history: JAZZ!
Jazz: Louisiana is the birthplace of several music genres but one stands out due to its reach, impact and incredible history. Jazz is celebrated worldwide but we are proud to claim the genre as our own. Jazz is fascinating and its origin unique—various artists claim to be the inventor of the genre and while we may not be able to pinpoint the actual creator, we know for certain it’s a Louisiana creation. No matter who played the first note, this spontaneous music genre is enjoyed throughout the world thanks to a Louisianian.
Live jazz is performed daily in New Orleans and throughout the state. Live jazz clubs like Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse and the Ritz Carlton’s Davenport Lounge highlight some of New Orleans’ incredible musicians. For a take-you-back-in-time-experience, visit Preservation Hall, a 50-year-old tradition where you can hear the house band, an up-and-comer or a jazz legend, beginning at 8 p.m. nightly. Even if you don’t step foot in a jazz club, the music will find you while you’re in New Orleans, French Quarter streets are many jazz musicians first stage.
This time of year is a perfect time to experience the authentic sounds of New Orleans while enjoying Carnival season. Mardi Gras is Feb. 12 but we are in the throes of carnival season and you can catch celebrations and parades from now until Fat Tuesday. Come down and sample our cuisine, enjoy Carnival and experience jazz in its birthplace.