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. 

Status: 
Active

Upcoming Shows

Aug
30

Charlie Miller

Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00pm


Aug
31

Lucas Davenport

Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00pm


Sep
3

Dr. Michael White

Saturday, September 3 at 7:00pm


Sep
4

Charlie Miller

Sunday, September 4 at 10:00am


Sep
6

Nola Dukes

Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00pm


Sep
7

David L. Harris Jr. Duo

Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00pm


Sep
8

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, September 8 at 7:00pm


Sep
10

Kermit Ruffins (2 Shows)

Saturday, September 10 at 7:00pm


Sep
13

Charlie Miller

Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00pm


Sep
14

Bobby Mc & The New Orleans Banjos

Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00pm


Sep
15

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, September 15 at 7:00pm


Sep
16

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, September 16 at 8:00pm


Sep
17

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers (2 Shows)

Saturday, September 17 at 7:00pm


Sep
18

Charlie Miller

Sunday, September 18 at 10:00am


Sep
20

Marc Stone

Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm


Sep
21

David L. Harris Jr. Duo

Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00pm


Sep
22

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, September 22 at 7:00pm


Sep
23

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, September 23 at 7:00pm


Sep
25

Charlie Miller

Sunday, September 25 at 10:00am


Sep
27

Marc Stone

Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm


Sep
28

Lucas Davenport

Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00pm


Sep
29

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, September 29 at 7:00pm


Sep
30

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, September 30 at 8:00pm

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