The Little Gem SaloonThe Little Gem Saloon is a non-smoking venue

Venue Status: Open

445 S. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA

Venue Description

The Little Gem Saloon, located on the ground floor at 445 S. Rampart Street, effectively restores a nationally significant historic jazz landmark into a spectacular restaurant and jazz club. At the same address upstairs you'll find The Ramp Room.

The Little Gem Saloon was first opened in 1903 on the 400 block of South Rampart Street, which has long been considered the birthplace of Jazz. Early progenitors of Jazz such as Jelly Roll Morton, Freddie Keppard and Buddy Bolden performed at Frank Douroux’s Little Gem Saloon in the historic “Back O’ Town” neighborhood that borders the infamous Storyville red-light district. As Jazz became one of New Orleans’ greatest exports, this block of South Rampart, also known as “The Ramp,” was a teeming commercial district that included the Karnofsky Tailor Shop, where Louis Armstrong reportedly worked in his youth, and numerous Jazz clubs including the legendary Eagle Saloon, and The Iroquois Theatre.

Between 1926 and 1949, the building was home to David Pailet’s Loan Office, a combination pawn shop and hang out for musicians. By the 1950s it had turned into Pete’s Blue Heaven Lounge, an R&B club where members of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club began and ended member funerals. By the 1960s, the once thriving district was demolished in order to build a new City Hall, office towers and parking lots. The Little Gem Saloon was boarded up for close to 40 years until its rebirth in December 2012.

The Bazan Family set out to restore The Little Gem in 2012. The group transformed The Little Gem Saloon into a multi-level restaurant and live music venue that harkens back to the days when the venue was truly the jazz corner of New Orleans. More than a century since it first opened its doors, the restoration of The Little Gem Saloon marks the resurrection of this historic area as the new epicenter of New Orleans’ jazz. 

Upcoming Events for this Venue

Nayo Jones Experience
Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:00pm
Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs
Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:00pm
Cecile Savage
Repeats every week until Mon Jun 27 2016 .
Sun, 06/12/2016 - 10:00am
Marc Stone
Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:00pm
David L. Harris Duo
Wed, 06/15/2016 - 7:00pm
Lynn Drury
Repeats every week until Fri Jun 17 2016 .
Thu, 06/16/2016 - 7:00pm
Monty Banks
Repeats every week until Sat Jun 25 2016 .
Fri, 06/17/2016 - 5:00pm
Nayo Jones Experience
Fri, 06/17/2016 - 8:00pm
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers (2 Shows)
Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:00pm
Marc Stone
Sat, 06/18/2016 - 10:30pm
Cecile Savage
Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:00am
NOLA Dukes Big Band Showcase
Tue, 06/21/2016 - 7:00pm
David L. Harris Duo
Wed, 06/22/2016 - 7:00pm
David L. Harris Duo
Thu, 06/23/2016 - 7:00pm
Monty Banks
Fri, 06/24/2016 - 5:00pm