Experience the unique grandeur of the American South as you cruise the Mississippi River aboard the majestic American Queen. Begin your adventure in New Orleans, where the well-preserved French Quarter offers an enchanting backdrop. Then board the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, and cruise to picturesque cities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Admire the elegant Greek Revival-style mansion at Oak Alley Plantation; explore the lovely town of St. Francisville, home to over 140 historic buildings on the National Register; and visit the oldest settlement on the Mississippi, Natchez, graced with stunning gardens and palatial mansions. Browse Vicksburg's delightful antique shops and intriguing museums, or step back in time at the renowned Vicksburg National Military Park. Before your seven-night cruise concludes in Memphis, delve into Helena's rich blues music heritage at the Delta Cultural Center.
Day 1: Memphis, TN
Day 2: Memphis / Embark American Queen
Day 3: Greenville, MS
Day 4: Vicksburg, MS
Day 5: Natchez, MS
Day 6: St. Francisville, LA
Day 7: Baton Rouge, LA
Day 8: Nottoway, LA
Day 9: New Orleans, LA / Disembark
Optional one night post-cruise: New Orleans
A Dartmouth graduate ('73) and award winning teacher, Fred Haas came back to Dartmouth to teach in 1986 and maintains a busy schedule at the college with classes in Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory, Saxophone and Jazz Piano as well as a overseeing a weekly Jazz Performance Lab. Fred Haas has performed with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Joe Morello, Don Cherry, Karrin Allyson, Matt Wilson, Gene Bertoncini, John Proulx and many others. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny calls Fred Haas "a totally world-class saxophone player." Jazz trumpet legend Clark Terry said, "You won't find a more capable jazz player and teacher than Fred Haas, and that's a fact!" In 1996 he founded Interplay Jazz & Arts, an intensive holistic workshop in jazz that integrates yoga and meditation with the study of improvised music and other artistic disciplines (painting, drawing, creative writing, photography, film making). Fred has recorded many CDs, including several for his own JazzToons label. Jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson said, "Fred, for whom I have the great love as a friend and great respect as a player." On this trip down the Mississippi, Fred hopes to enhance your musical listening skills and focus on the importance of the many legends of jazz from this region who brought the music to life a century ago.