Shows at The Little Gem Saloon

We offer live music almost every night of the week, with a mix of ticketed events and shows with no cover charge. The Little Gem has regular performances by Shamarr Allen, Kermit Ruffins, and other well known local favorites as well as featuring new up and coming artists. All tickets for shows at the Little Gem Saloon are general admission and we cannot guarantee seating. If you’d like to reserve a table for any of our shows, call us at 504-267-4863 and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Jul
16
Wed
Happy Hour with Joshua Paxton
Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Josh Paxton, Little Gem Saloon

At five Joshua Paxton received a little yellow toy piano that he banged on for years, playing along with TV jingles and music on the radio by ear.  At 11 his parents gave into his pleas for piano lessons and bought him his first piano.  Though classically trained, by the end of high school he saw his future in jazz. As an undergraduate he attended the University of Miami and Bowling Green University, then went on to study under Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, earning a master’s degree in Jazz Piano. His diverse musical background ranges from avant-garde jazz to stints with major label rock bands.  Currently, he is focusing on his unique approach to New Orleans Rhythm and Blues piano style.

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Benefit Concert
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm

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Featuring 2014 Artists-in-Residence “Queen of Swing” Norma Miller, Dr. Courtney Bryan, Brian Quezergue, and Charenee Wade, with camp faculty Kidd Jordan, Germiane Bazzle, Maynard Chatters, Kent, Marlon, and Rachel Jordan, Jonathan Bloom, Peter Cho, Darrell Lavigne, Calvin Johnson, Gary Hulette, Gregory Agid, and Herman LeBeau. All proceeds benefit this amazing organization. Tickets can be purchased at www.LouisArmstrongJazzCamp.com.

Tom Leggett
Jul 16 @ 8:00 pm

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Guitarist and singer-songwriter Tom Leggett is a veteran of the New Orleans music scene, having worked steadily for nearly two decades as a freelance guitarist in a wide range of styles, performing alongside world-class musicians in the Crescent City and on the road. Since the 2013 release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album Spinnin’ My Wheels, Tom has emerged as a successful singer-songwriter and bandleader, headlining clubs all over New Orleans and around the Southeast. “Great songs… and a rhythmically sophisticated band,” says Offbeat magazine. “Leggett’s versatility as a guitarist really shines.” 

Jul
17
Thu
Happy Hour with Lucas Davenport
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New Orleans Music, Little Gem Saloon, Lucas Davenport

 

 

Nayo Jones
Jul 17 @ 8:00 pm

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Nayo Jones hails from a family of musicians; she was destined to be in “the business.” As a child Nayo sang and danced her way through life.  She belted out Supreme songs at talent shows in grade school and mimicked Whitney Houston in front of the mirror.  Nayo’s father William “Doc” Jones, a Jazz musician and music educator born and raised in Chicago noticed her musical gift & helped nurture her natural ability from the very beginning. Growing up surrounded by classic jazz and Motown hits Nayo answered her calling at an early age. Nayo wows her crowds and gains loyal fans with her sultry voice and her passion for every performance.  To name just a few of her credits, Nayo debuted at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2012, she’s opened for such greats as Chris Botti, Otis & the Temptations, The Whispers & Lakeside.  In addition to performing her own show, currently Nayo performs and tours as a featured vocalist with New Orleans icon, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers.  Though a babe in the music industry she already has the savvy of some of the most classic female artists and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.

Jul
18
Fri
Happy Hour with Nicole Ockmond
Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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As a child, Nicole listened to the music of her siblings, parents, & grandparents. Exposure to all of these different types of music helped to shape her own eclectic taste. She discovered her talent for singing while in boot camp for the Army National Guard. When she returned home she joined a local band and learned how to play guitar, write her own songs, produce & record her music. Nicole started her own independent record label, Emovere Recordings.

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm

Meschiya Lake, Little Gem Saloon, New Orleans Music

Meschiya began her singing career at the age of nine, earning a regular gig and winning $500 upon winning an adults only singing contest in a South Dakota Steakhouse. In 2000 as a young woman, she met and began traveling with the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus – a troupe blending traditional circus arts with modern sideshow varieties where Meschiya honed her performance skills with such thrilling acts as glass and insect eating and fire dancing (dangerously twirling around on stage with flame-doused nunchucks). It was while touring with this troupe that she fell in love with and felt immediately embraced by the culturally rich and one of a kind city of New Orleans, her home base for the last decade and counting.In the Spring of 2007, Meschiya began singing with the traditional jazz outfit the Loose Marbles on the French Quarters Royal Street. Joined by jazz dancers Chance Bushman and Amy Johnson, a new revival of traditional jazz and dance consequently blossomed: Bringing the joy and vitality of New Orleanss spirit, wowing audiences both young and old alike, they toured the United States and Europe, playing on streets, in clubs, and leaving a trail of write-ups in publications along the way. Dan Baum of the New Yorker writes”Meschiya Lake rocks back on her heels, lifts her chest, and opens her throat like an air raid siren to croon in a thrilling pre-microphone style that…can make you feel by turns as though you were shivering around a campfire in a railroad (yard) or drinking in a budapest nightclub in 1938.” Back home in New Orleans, she delighted in participating in and watching the jazz revival unfold around her, with jazz and jazz dance fever bringing more and more musicians and dancers to town. Meschiya formed The Little Big Horns Jazz Band in the Spring of 2009 and, saving pennies from the street, she produced the first Little Big Horns album Lucky Devil to National Acclaim. On the 5th anniversary of Katrina, DJ David Kunian of WWOZ cited Lucky Devil as one of his four favorite releases of 2010 on NPRs All Things Considered.

Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.

Jul
19
Sat
Benny Turner and Real Blues
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm

Benny Turner at Little Gem

Benny Turner …. bluesman extraordinaire!  Brother to Freddie King, and a bassman like no other.  His bluesy, funky, unique style will blow you away.   Benny also has one of the silkiest, sexiest and dynamic voices in blues.  From Texas to Chicago to New Orleans, he’s played alongside the giants and is a super star in his own right. Listen and experience the blues as only Benny can do.

 

 

Jul
20
Sun
Jazz Brunch with Charlie Miller
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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New Orleans native Charlie Miller is an old friend to several instruments (flute, piano and trumpet), but the trumpet is his first love. His music career began rather uniquely, to say the least. He began by playing the family washing machine hose, then graduated to a beat-up old trumpet an elderly gentleman gave him at the age of 12. In 8th grade, he connected with a young musician who would prove to be a lasting friend and fellow professional – Dr. John. Miller performed with Dr. John’s early band, arranged, produced and performed on many of the now classic New Orleans R&B recordings and still had time to attend Loyola School of Music. Miller left New Orleans to enroll in the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating, he worked with Thelonious Monk, Dr. John’s, Chuck Mangione, the Saturday Night Live Band, Paul Jeffrey, the New York Ballet, Bill Watrous, BB King, Danny Barker, Lou Rawls, Johnny Adams, Al Hirt, and many more. He also participated in the bands for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and the Conan O’Brien Show. Charlie was also a jazz combo instructor at Loyola University, and his current activities include New Orleans area live performances and new recording projects.

Jul
22
Tue
Happy Hour with Charlie Miller
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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New Orleans native Charlie Miller is an old friend to several instruments (flute, piano and trumpet), but the trumpet is his first love. His music career began rather uniquely, to say the least. He began by playing the family washing machine hose, then graduated to a beat-up old trumpet an elderly gentleman gave him at the age of 12. In 8th grade, he connected with a young musician who would prove to be a lasting friend and fellow professional – Dr. John. Miller performed with Dr. John’s early band, arranged, produced and performed on many of the now classic New Orleans R&B recordings and still had time to attend Loyola School of Music. Miller left New Orleans to enroll in the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating, he worked with Thelonious Monk, Dr. John’s, Chuck Mangione, the Saturday Night Live Band, Paul Jeffrey, the New York Ballet, Bill Watrous, BB King, Danny Barker, Lou Rawls, Johnny Adams, Al Hirt, and many more. He also participated in the bands for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and the Conan O’Brien Show. Charlie was also a jazz combo instructor at Loyola University, and his current activities include New Orleans area live performances and new recording projects.

Crescent City Groove feat. Greg Morrow
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm
Jul
23
Wed
Happy Hour with Joshua Paxton
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Josh Paxton, Little Gem Saloon

At five Joshua Paxton received a little yellow toy piano that he banged on for years, playing along with TV jingles and music on the radio by ear.  At 11 his parents gave into his pleas for piano lessons and bought him his first piano.  Though classically trained, by the end of high school he saw his future in jazz. As an undergraduate he attended the University of Miami and Bowling Green University, then went on to study under Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, earning a master’s degree in Jazz Piano. His diverse musical background ranges from avant-garde jazz to stints with major label rock bands.  Currently, he is focusing on his unique approach to New Orleans Rhythm and Blues piano style.

Tom Leggett
Jul 23 @ 8:00 pm

View More: http://mlittle./F7rPY131600

 

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Tom Leggett is a veteran of the New Orleans music scene, having worked steadily for nearly two decades as a freelance guitarist in a wide range of styles, performing alongside world-class musicians in the Crescent City and on the road. Since the 2013 release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album Spinnin’ My Wheels, Tom has emerged as a successful singer-songwriter and bandleader, headlining clubs all over New Orleans and around the Southeast. “Great songs… and a rhythmically sophisticated band,” says Offbeat magazine. “Leggett’s versatility as a guitarist really shines.” 

Jul
24
Thu
Happy Hour with Lucas Davenport
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New Orleans Music, Little Gem Saloon, Lucas Davenport

 

 

Johnny Angel & The Swingin Demons
Jul 24 @ 8:00 pm
Jul
25
Fri
Happy Hour with Nicole Ockmond
Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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As a child, Nicole listened to the music of her siblings, parents, & grandparents. Exposure to all of these different types of music helped to shape her own eclectic taste. She discovered her talent for singing while in boot camp for the Army National Guard. When she returned home she joined a local band and learned how to play guitar, write her own songs, produce & record her music. Nicole started her own independent record label, Emovere Recordings.

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm

Meschiya Lake, Little Gem Saloon, New Orleans Music

Meschiya began her singing career at the age of nine, earning a regular gig and winning $500 upon winning an adults only singing contest in a South Dakota Steakhouse. In 2000 as a young woman, she met and began traveling with the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus – a troupe blending traditional circus arts with modern sideshow varieties where Meschiya honed her performance skills with such thrilling acts as glass and insect eating and fire dancing (dangerously twirling around on stage with flame-doused nunchucks). It was while touring with this troupe that she fell in love with and felt immediately embraced by the culturally rich and one of a kind city of New Orleans, her home base for the last decade and counting.In the Spring of 2007, Meschiya began singing with the traditional jazz outfit the Loose Marbles on the French Quarters Royal Street. Joined by jazz dancers Chance Bushman and Amy Johnson, a new revival of traditional jazz and dance consequently blossomed: Bringing the joy and vitality of New Orleanss spirit, wowing audiences both young and old alike, they toured the United States and Europe, playing on streets, in clubs, and leaving a trail of write-ups in publications along the way. Dan Baum of the New Yorker writes”Meschiya Lake rocks back on her heels, lifts her chest, and opens her throat like an air raid siren to croon in a thrilling pre-microphone style that…can make you feel by turns as though you were shivering around a campfire in a railroad (yard) or drinking in a budapest nightclub in 1938.” Back home in New Orleans, she delighted in participating in and watching the jazz revival unfold around her, with jazz and jazz dance fever bringing more and more musicians and dancers to town. Meschiya formed The Little Big Horns Jazz Band in the Spring of 2009 and, saving pennies from the street, she produced the first Little Big Horns album Lucky Devil to National Acclaim. On the 5th anniversary of Katrina, DJ David Kunian of WWOZ cited Lucky Devil as one of his four favorite releases of 2010 on NPRs All Things Considered.

Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.

Jul
26
Sat
Messy Cookers Trio
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm

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Featuring Alex Owen on trumpet, John Eubanks on guitar, and Greg Smith on bass.

Jul
27
Sun
Jazz Brunch with Charlie Miller
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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New Orleans native Charlie Miller is an old friend to several instruments (flute, piano and trumpet), but the trumpet is his first love. His music career began rather uniquely, to say the least. He began by playing the family washing machine hose, then graduated to a beat-up old trumpet an elderly gentleman gave him at the age of 12. In 8th grade, he connected with a young musician who would prove to be a lasting friend and fellow professional – Dr. John. Miller performed with Dr. John’s early band, arranged, produced and performed on many of the now classic New Orleans R&B recordings and still had time to attend Loyola School of Music. Miller left New Orleans to enroll in the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating, he worked with Thelonious Monk, Dr. John’s, Chuck Mangione, the Saturday Night Live Band, Paul Jeffrey, the New York Ballet, Bill Watrous, BB King, Danny Barker, Lou Rawls, Johnny Adams, Al Hirt, and many more. He also participated in the bands for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and the Conan O’Brien Show. Charlie was also a jazz combo instructor at Loyola University, and his current activities include New Orleans area live performances and new recording projects.

Jul
29
Tue
Happy Hour with Charlie Miller
Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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New Orleans native Charlie Miller is an old friend to several instruments (flute, piano and trumpet), but the trumpet is his first love. His music career began rather uniquely, to say the least. He began by playing the family washing machine hose, then graduated to a beat-up old trumpet an elderly gentleman gave him at the age of 12. In 8th grade, he connected with a young musician who would prove to be a lasting friend and fellow professional – Dr. John. Miller performed with Dr. John’s early band, arranged, produced and performed on many of the now classic New Orleans R&B recordings and still had time to attend Loyola School of Music. Miller left New Orleans to enroll in the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating, he worked with Thelonious Monk, Dr. John’s, Chuck Mangione, the Saturday Night Live Band, Paul Jeffrey, the New York Ballet, Bill Watrous, BB King, Danny Barker, Lou Rawls, Johnny Adams, Al Hirt, and many more. He also participated in the bands for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and the Conan O’Brien Show. Charlie was also a jazz combo instructor at Loyola University, and his current activities include New Orleans area live performances and new recording projects.

Crescent City Groove feat. Greg Morrow
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm
Jul
30
Wed
Happy Hour with Joshua Paxton
Jul 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Josh Paxton, Little Gem Saloon

At five Joshua Paxton received a little yellow toy piano that he banged on for years, playing along with TV jingles and music on the radio by ear.  At 11 his parents gave into his pleas for piano lessons and bought him his first piano.  Though classically trained, by the end of high school he saw his future in jazz. As an undergraduate he attended the University of Miami and Bowling Green University, then went on to study under Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, earning a master’s degree in Jazz Piano. His diverse musical background ranges from avant-garde jazz to stints with major label rock bands.  Currently, he is focusing on his unique approach to New Orleans Rhythm and Blues piano style.

Tom Leggett
Jul 30 @ 8:00 pm

View More: http://mlittle./F7rPY131600

 

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Tom Leggett is a veteran of the New Orleans music scene, having worked steadily for nearly two decades as a freelance guitarist in a wide range of styles, performing alongside world-class musicians in the Crescent City and on the road. Since the 2013 release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album Spinnin’ My Wheels, Tom has emerged as a successful singer-songwriter and bandleader, headlining clubs all over New Orleans and around the Southeast. “Great songs… and a rhythmically sophisticated band,” says Offbeat magazine. “Leggett’s versatility as a guitarist really shines.” 

Jul
31
Thu
Happy Hour with Lucas Davenport
Jul 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New Orleans Music, Little Gem Saloon, Lucas Davenport

 

 

Johnny Angel & The Swingin Demons
Jul 31 @ 8:00 pm