My first tuneful gourmet experience came at the Court of Two Sisters. This historic French Quarter restaurant serves a legendary jazz brunch, where you can sit under the shade of an ancient tree - which happily survived Katrina - at a white linen table sipping a cocktail, listening to a jazz trio and tucking in to perfectly-cooked Creole dishes from the vast selection at the buffet. Try jambalya, crawfish remoulade, turtle soup, plus Southern favourites like ribs, grits, and cornbread, but leave room for the desserts. The Bananas Foster is to die for.
The restaurant is also open in the evening, for romantic dinners too. They're really flexible about requests too, so are willing to open early if someone wants the place secluded for a marriage proposal.
My second experience combining music and food was a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi. I jumped aboard the Natchez, a classic old paddle steamer. The lights of New Orleans glinted in the background and in the company of newfound friends - a group of teachers from a Christian Brothers Academy - I tucked into another substantial buffet.
We were ably entertained by The Dukes of Dixieland - here they are, performing the old classic 'Oh When The Saints'.