Rail tour features Delta Blues Museum

CLARKSDALE, Miss. -- The Delta Blues Museum here will be one of the venues on the American Orient Express' rail tour of the Mississippi River Valley.

The museum will be visited by passengers on the deluxe rail service's Jazz & Blues Express tours this spring, in the company of Grammy Award winning jazz musician Al Hirt.

Hirt will be the guest speaker, tracing the history of jazz and blues as they evolved in the Mississippi Delta.

Hirt's credits include his June 1998 induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame and his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Charlie "Bird" Parker Memorial Foundation.

The trip runs between New Orleans and Chicago, with other stops in Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis.

The four-day trip ranges in price from $1,990 to $3,890, depending upon the accommodations selected.

For reservations, information or to receive a 1999 catalog, call (888) 759-3944.

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