New Orleans Jazz Procession Fountain. Photo © legacy1995/123rf.

The Evolution of Jazz and Blues in New Orleans

While New Orleans is known for its fine art galleries and historical architecture, its biggest artistic claim to fame is indeed its music. This city is one of the world’s most dynamic live-music scenes. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, blues music has its origins just upriver, and it was here in the 1950s that they mixed together to form rhythm and blues.

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Moon New Orleans

This full-color handbook includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. New Orleans native Laura Martone offers an insider’s take on the Big Easy, from shopping on Magazine Street to listening to old-time jazz in Faubourg Marigny. Martone also includes a handful of fun trip itinerary ideas, including “A Romantic Weekend,” “Mardi […]

View of the river past a steamboat's red paddlewheel.

A New Orleans Summer: Fun and Festivals in the Big Easy

If you can handle the heat, then New Orleans might be the perfect choice for some summertime fun. You’ll find fewer crowds and cheaper hotel rates—two great reasons to start planning your Big Easy getaway. Here are just some of the diversions that might keep you busy in New Orleans during the months of July, August, and September.

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It’s Not Too Late to Plan a Mardi Gras Trip

Widely celebrated for its extraordinary music, eclectic cuisine, and festive spectacles, New Orleans is perhaps best known for Mardi Gras. New Orleans expert, Laura Martone lets readers know it’s not too late to make it to the Big Easy.

A view of St. Louis Cathedral beyond a tree in Jackson Square.

My Favorite U.S. City: New Orleans, LA

Though she’s traveled to many of America’s most well-known places—from San Francisco to Key West—Laura Martone has never found a town like New Orleans. True, she was born and raised there, so even though she spent many years away, perhaps it’s simply in her blood.