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

Aug
1

Gary Leming Duo

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00pm


Aug
2

Marc Stone

Wednesday, August 2 at 7:00pm


Aug
3

Seva Venet

Thursday, August 3 at 7:00pm


Aug
4

The Diaz Trio

Friday, August 4 at 7:00pm


Aug
5

Seva Venet & more

Saturday, August 5 at 7:00pm


Aug
6

Glen David Andrews

Sunday, August 6 at 11:00am


Aug
8

Gary Leming Duo

Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00pm


Aug
9

Marc Stone

Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00pm


Aug
10

Seva Venet

Thursday, August 10 at 7:00pm


Aug
11

The Diaz Trio

Friday, August 11 at 7:00pm


Aug
12
Aug
13

Glen David Andrews

Sunday, August 13 at 11:00am


Aug
15

Gary Leming Duo

Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00pm


Aug
16

Seva Venet

Wednesday, August 16 at 7:00pm


Aug
17

Dr. Rackle & The Sound Griots

Thursday, August 17 at 7:00pm


Aug
18

Reid Poole Trio

Friday, August 18 at 7:30pm


Aug
19
Aug
20

Glen David Andrews

Sunday, August 20 at 11:00am


Aug
22

Gary Leming Duo

Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00pm


Aug
23

Reid Poole Duo

Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00pm


Aug
24

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, August 24 at 7:00pm


Aug
25

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, August 25 at 7:00pm


Aug
27

Glen David Andrews

Sunday, August 27 at 11:00am


Aug
29

Nola Dukes

Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00pm


Aug
30

Zakk Garner

Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00pm

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