History & Culture

Big Queen Mary Kay and th Original Wild Tchoupitoulas Indians from the performance on Feb. 9th, 2018
Big Queen Mary Kay and the Original Wild Tchoupitoulas Indians

NPS Photo courtesy of our volunteer Louis Crispino

Development of Jazz

Explore the rich traditions of music created in New Orleans that spread World wide from the early 18th century to modern day. At the visitor center, the Park Rangers provide formal and informal interpretive discussions that delve into the elements that helped to create the music of Jazz, explore musical forms, and provides musical examples from different musical genres. Please check our calendar for formal discussions and interpretive performances.
People of Traditional New Orleans Jazz - Louis Armstrong

Photo Courtesy Hogan Jazz Archives

People of Traditional New Orleans Jazz
Numerous musicians were key players in the development and progression of New Orleans jazz. Culture, ethnicity, neighborhoods, and families all played a role in shaping each performers contribution to the music. Explore these short profiles of New Orleans jazz pioneers and learn how each one shaped the music.

Jazz History Self Guided Tour
Jazz History Audio for Self Guided Tour
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park has several brochures to offer historical information about New Orleans and Jazz History. Stop by one of our two locations, 916 N. Peters Street Visitor Center or 400 Esplanade The New Orleans Jazz Museum to pick up one of the physical copies.

Trombonist Wendell Eugene, Oral History participant
Trombonist Wendell Eugene, Oral History participant

NPS Photo

Oral History Project
The New Orleans Jazz NHP has collected oral histories from over 200 New Orleans musicians, and the work continues. Oral history interviews can currently be viewed at the Williams Research Center or the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University.
BB Armstrong Park
Historical Places of Interest

Jazz developed in neighborhoods all over the City of New Orleans. Click on the link above to delve into information concerning many of the formative places in the artforms musical development.

Last updated: February 23, 2018

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419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-4841
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