Little Gem Saloon

445 S. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA

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. 

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Upcoming Shows

Apr
25

Charlie Miller

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00pm


Apr
26

Zakk Garner Duo

Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00pm


Apr
26
Apr
27

Instrumenthead

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00pm


Apr
27
Apr
29

Flow Tribe

Saturday, April 29 at 11:59pm


Apr
30

Leroy Jones Quintet

Sunday, April 30 at 7:30pm


Apr
30
May
1
May
2

Little Freddie King

Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30pm


May
2

Honey Island Swamp Band

Tuesday, May 2 at 11:30pm


May
4
May
6

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns

Saturday, May 6 at 11:00pm

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