New Orleans Jazz National
419 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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WELCOME to New Orleans Jazz
National Historical Park
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is
a National Historical Park in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans,
Louisiana, near the French Quarter. It was created in 1994 to
celebrate the origins and evolution of jazz, America�s most
widely-recognized indigenous music.
The park consists of 4 acres within Louis
Armstrong Park leased by the National Park Service. The park has an
office, visitors center, and concert venue several blocks away in
the French Quarter.
It provides a setting to share the cultural
history of the people and places that helped shape the development
and progression of jazz in New Orleans.
The park preserves information and resources
associated with the origins and early development of jazz through
interpretive techniques designed to educate and entertain.
Perseverance Hall No. 4
The centerpiece of the site is Perseverance
Hall No. 4 (not to be confused with Preservation Hall). Originally a
Masonic Lodge, it was built between 1819 and 1820, making it the
oldest Masonic temple in Louisiana.
Its historic significance is based on its use
for dances, where black jazz performers and bands reportedly played
for black or white audiences. Various organizations, both black and
white, rented Perseverance Hall for dances, concerts, Monday night
banquets, and recitals.
During the early 1900s some bands, such as the
Golden Rule Band, were barred from appearing at Perseverance Hall,
apparently because management considered them too undignified for
The building also served as a terminal point
for Labor Day parades involving white and black bands. During the
1920s and 1930s, well past the formative years of jazz, various jazz
bands played there.
Perseverance Hall was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places on October 2, 1973. The entire National
Historical Park was administratively listed on the Register on the
date of its authorization, October 31, 1994.
New Orleans Jazz...
A story rich with innovation, experimentation,
controversy and emotion, the park provides an ideal setting to share
the cultural history of the people and places that helped shape the
development and progression of jazz in New Orleans.
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 Walking Tours
Explore six New Orleans neighborhoods
and their connection to jazz history. These self-guided maps
highlight venues, businesses and homes of New Orleans music history.
Oral History Project
The New Orleans Jazz Commission has collected oral histories from
over 130 New Orleans musicians, and the work continues...
Did You Know?
Louis �Satchmo� Armstrong claimed to be born on July 4th, 1900,
but a baptismal record was recently found which states his birthday
as August 4th, 1901. (We celebrate both days!)
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