Ken Burns and Tauck to Host Five-Day Jazz Event in New Orleans

Exploring the birth and evolution of jazz, the event features performances by Ellis Marsalis, Donald Harrison, and others.

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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and the guided travel company Tauck have come together to produce a jazz event to be held October 5-9 in New Orleans. Not only will there be performances from musicians, including Ellis Marsalis, but there will be presentations from curator Bruce Boyd Raeburn at Tulane’s Hogan Jazz Archive; writer and documentary film producer Lolis Eric Elie; Music Historian for the Louisiana State Museum Charles Chamberlain; and Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, National Park Service Ranger and musicician. To make good use of New Orleans rich jazz history, Tauck arranged exclusive tours of key jazz sites, from Basin Street and Preservation Hall to Tremé.

In the press release, Tauck CEO Dan Mahar said, “The line-up we’ve put together with Ken makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in jazz, from the casual listener to the hard-core fanatic.”

The event is meant to showcase jazz, its history and cultural significance, focusing on the themes: “The Roots of Jazz”, “Jazz in the Quarter” and “Jazz & the Story of Survival Today”.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, check out their website.