While I have worked with many jazz musicians over the years, I am admittedly no expert on the matter. I cannot easily recall which cats play when or what instrument for that matter and I cannot tell tunes by name. But what I can tell you is where to find some of the best jazz in the city that started it all. Between the music venue, the touring band, and the non-profit organization, the hall has helped rejuvenate the music classically as well as in a contemporary light as evidenced by their more recent collaborations with artists like Blind Boys of Alabama, Mos Def, Arcade Fire, and My Morning Jacket, to name a few. They host multiple shows per evening over nights a year in an intimate, acoustic setting and are waiting for you to join them. Housed in what used to be a storefront in the s, Snug is the jazz club you picture when you think of New Orleans—small, candlelit tables with a no-nonsense greeter at the door and delicious smells emanating from the kitchen. One of my favorite places to be on a Sunday night, the crowd of local cats outside the storefront window is a site to see in and of itself.
Fritzel's European Jazz Bar
New Orleans, Louisana has become so central the birth and formation of jazz that "New Orleans Jazz" is actually a musical style of its own. With an entertaining nightlife and streets bursting with color and personality at any time of the day, New Orleans' is a hotspot for live music. From its inviting diners and lively jazz clubs to its welcoming restaurants and theatres, there isn't a corner you'll turn and run into a great place for live jazz on the streets of NOLA. For those aged 21 and up, the Blue Nile is a great place to go for anyone who loves to watch funk, blues, and soul musicians play live. Named "one of the best nightclubs in New Orleans," this live music venue has live music starting around 7 pm every single night. The Blue Nile doesn't take a night off and is always looking for new ways to entertain its patrons. Don't skip out on this one if you find yourself in town! From showcasing some of the greatest Jazz musicians that New Orleans has to offer to serving handcrafted cocktails and appetizers, the Royal Sonesta Jazz Playhouse is an intimate and warm music venue located in the lobby of the Sonesta Hotel.
Read on for these editor-approved picks for where to see live music when you're in the Big Easy. One of the most respected clubs in the Marigny, this nearly-two-decades-old offshoot of a New York bar has the feeling of an ancient institution—in part because the building itself dates back to the s, but also thanks to the many acts that have graced its stage. The vibe and the cover charge vary from night to night, but one thing's for certain: d. Through the iron gate on St. The grand dame of NOLA's uptown live music venues, this spot draws a diverse crowd every night of the week. Just about every style of music is performed here—it's even known for its poetry nights—though the famous Rebirth Brass Band has been packing the place every Tuesday night for decades. One of the most popular spaces for public gatherings along Bourbon Street that doesn't involve the usual tourist schlock and frozen hurricanes. Free jazz sets are performed every day from 10 a. The main draw outside of gratis jazz grooves are selfie-ready statues of local icons such as Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, and Irma Thomas, as is the opportunity for people watching. A mob hangout without the bullet holes; this Prohibition-era cocktail joint sets the scene with portraits of Al Capone and Lucky Luciano on the walls and old 'Boardwalk Empire' episodes sometimes playing on its TV.