Little Gem Saloon

445 S. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

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

Aug
18

Little Freddie King

Saturday, August 18 at 7:00pm


Aug
21

Joe Goldberg Trio

Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30pm


Aug
22

Ingrid Lucia

Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30pm


Aug
23

Anaïs St. John and Quiana Lynell

Thursday, August 23 at 7:30pm


Aug
24

John Mooney and Marc Stone

Friday, August 24 at 7:30pm


Aug
25

Sharon Martin

Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm


Aug
28

Joe Goldberg Trio

Tuesday, August 28 at 7:30pm


Aug
29

Kennedy Kuntz & the Men of the Hour

Wednesday, August 29 at 7:30pm


Aug
31

John Mooney and Marc Stone

Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm

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