Southern Sounds started arranging an annual jazz holiday to New Orleans in 1992, when the inaugural jazz tour in association with the Ken Colyer Trust, formed in honour of the famous jazz trumpeter of the 1950’s, was organised. 2019 will mark our 28th consecutive tour to the ‘Big Easy’.
We now offer the only escorted traditional jazz specific holiday to the ‘home of jazz’, visiting in April each year for the French Quarter Festival. The festival is a free open air event with an eclectic mix of music, principally jazz but also showcasing gospel, blues, Cajun and zydeco.
Our high profile amongst the jazz fraternity in New Orleans enables us to organise jazz events that are unique including jam sessions with local musicians and private parties at historic jazz venues.
Other USA destinations include Nashville, Memphis, Lafayette and the Mississippi Delta, which for many around the world, first and foremost means music.
In San Diego the Jazz Festival that is held each year over the Thanksgiving weekend is, to many discerning jazz fans, the ‘Crown Jewel of Jazz Festivals’.
So do call us and we’ll chat through what we have been doing for almost a quarter of a century and help you achieve your dream jazz holiday in the Deep South.
‘Laissez les bon temps roulez’ (Let the good times roll).
A very well organised trip delivering in all respects and offering good value for money. If the New Orleans (French Quarter) Jazz Festival was on again next week we would certainly like to go!
We have lots of lasting memories, New Orleans is certainly a unique place and if you are any kind of jazz enthusiast, the trip to where it all began is a must; the organisation was perfect
Thanks to all the team for the New Orleans jazz trip we had perhaps the best, if not the best, in the top 3 of our holidays
I’m still in New Orleans, really haven’t come down at all yet. I would just like to say very big thank you for making my dream jazz holiday so special and memorable, I will NEVER forget it
Thank you so much for the fabulous jazz holiday we had to New Orleans and Lafayette. We could not have had a better itinerary, organisation and leaders
We enjoyed our visit to New Orleans……….all of it: the festival, the parade, the sights, the variety of food and of course the wonderful jazz
This is such a special jazz holiday organised by the best
Very impressed with the range of events, and the thought and attention to detail to set it up. Loved New Orleans.
The most lasting memory is the parade, flying the flag and a truly wonderful experience in New Orleans. Between y’all you pretty much have it covered
Apart from groups we can also arrange tailor made holidays to suit the individual traveller with visits to Nashville, New York, Las Vegas and Chicago to name but a few.
Southern Sounds is now the music division of The Sport & Travel Group, an ATOL and ABTA bonded specialist tour operator.