Discover the reach of African-American culture in Paris, the City of Light, and walk in the footsteps of luminaries such as Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Eugene Bullard, Miles Davis and many more. From jazz musicians and club owners to writers and scholars, many African-Americans felt welcome and accepted here in Paris, thousands of miles from home, in the years following World War I. During this seven-night journey, trace the rich history of the city’s African-American community on specially designed walking tours and talks, watch a documentary about the African-American influence in 1920s’ and 1930s’ Paris and meet the filmmakers for a Q&A session, and listen to the music that entranced the city at a jazz concert. Along the way, enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: the cuisine, a Seine cruise and traveling on the Métro. This small-group program, ideal for active travelers, features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner.
Rodney T. Whitaker is the distinguished professor of jazz double bass and director of jazz studies at Michigan State University where he has built one of the most distinguished jazz degree programs and performing faculty in the United States. With one of the most undeniably distinctive bear-sized bass tones, he is one of the leading bass performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the US. He received his first national recognition performing with the Harrison/Blanchard Quintet. Expatiating on his Detroit roots and enormous talent, Rodney proceeded to earn an international reputation as one of the world's finest jazz double bass performers. He completed a seven-year tenure with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has toured the world over the last thirty-three years, collaborating and performing with legendary artists from Ray Charles, Bob James, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Chick Corea, Pat Matheny, Jimmy Heath, Antonio Hart, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Dizzy Gillespie, Kathleen Battle, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many more accomplished musicians and artists and is featured on more than 200 recordings.
Please note that a minimum number of passengers is required to confirm faculty participation on the tour.