The 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

Dec
9

John Mooney, Marc Stone and Joe Krown

Friday, December 9 at 8:30pm


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10
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13

NOLA Dukes

Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00pm


Dec
14

David L. Harris Jr. Duo

Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00pm


Dec
15

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, December 15 at 7:00pm


Dec
16

The Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm


Dec
17

Little Freddie King

Saturday, December 17 at 7:30pm


Dec
20

Marc Stone

Tuesday, December 20 at 7:00pm


Dec
21

David L. Harris Jr. Duo

Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00pm


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22

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, December 22 at 7:00pm


Dec
23

Carmela Rappazo Trio

Friday, December 23 at 7:30pm


Dec
27

Zakk Garner Duo

Tuesday, December 27 at 7:00pm


Dec
28

David L. Harris Duo

Wednesday, December 28 at 7:00pm


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29

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, December 29 at 7:00pm


Dec
30

Lynn Drury Trio

Friday, December 30 at 7:30pm


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31
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31

Reid Pool Quartet

Saturday, December 31 at 9:30pm


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31

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