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!

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New Legaxy 8:00 pm
New Legaxy
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
An assembly of musicians who have played together for years and have experience performing with luminaries such as Donald Harrison, Jr., Delfeayo Marsalis, George French, Germaine Bazzle, Ellis Marsalis, and many others. NewLegaxy lets the music speak for itself, playing funk/pop tunes and jazz standards with unique arrangements.
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Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers 7:00 pm
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Full Dinner Service is available during this event with a recommended seating time 0f 6:30pm. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.
Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers 9:00 pm
Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
Apr 2 @ 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Full Dinner Service is available during this event with a recommended seating time 0f 6:30pm. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.
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Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Cécile Savage Duo 10:00 am
Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Cécile Savage Duo
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Little Gem Saloon’s authentic jazz dining brunch service features the accomplished jazz specialist Cécile Savage and pianist Bruce Elsenhson soothing out the sounds of a Sunday morning done right. Her music reflects her many influences: French lyricism, bluesy melodies and passion, and her own jazz compositions with Brazilian overtones. She is now a new resident in the Tremé neighbohood of New Orleans. A four hour block of traditional New Orleans jazz, bottomless mimosas, and a vibe catered entirely by the food, music and history within the confines of the Saloon. Reserve a table and experience the finest brunch service in the Crescent City. 504-267-4863
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Justin Donovan 7:00 pm
Justin Donovan
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Justin Donovan is a favorite of the Little Gem Saloon, performing acoustic numbers with a soulful tone in sync with his melodic prowl on guitar. Setting a tone for a great week is key for a Tuesday night, so we stay true to the value of a low key, peaceful outing with Justin gracing our stage.
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Cutting Edge Listening Room’s “Echoes of New Orleans Original Jazz District” Showcase 2:00 pm
Cutting Edge Listening Room’s “Echoes of New Orleans Original Jazz District” Showcase
Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1:00 PM Welcome – Councilmember LaToya Cantrell – Council District B 1:15 PM Introduction: Vincent Sylvain, New Orleans Agenda 1:30 – 2:30 PM Then and Now – How South Rampart Street Corridor’s past can show the way for a forgotten neighborhood’s revitalization. Can a once vibrant neighborhood regain its relevance in modern New Orleans and hold on to it culture legacy? Our panel of Historians, preservationists and developers will discuss the once and future “South Rampart Street.” Speakers: Jack Stewart, Ph.D., Jazz and Architecture Historian, Preservationist Patty Gay, Executive Director, Preservation Resource Center Connie Ackinson, Ph.D., University of New Orleans, Co-Director, Midlo Center for New Orleans Julius E Kimbrough Jr., Partner, Developer, The Pythian Vincent Sylvain, New Orleans Agenda 2:45 – 3:20 PM Oral History – Life and Times along S. Rampart Street – Memories of Mr. Lawrence E. Cotton interviewed by David Kunian 3:30 – 4:45 PM The Roots of the Music that influenced generations: The Music, The Neighborhood, The People and The Times. The roots of the Jazz Age can be traced to New Orleans; South Rampart Street Corridor was ground zero in music activities in its venues and music halls. This panel will discussNew Orleans Jazz influences from field songs to the Blues. Speakers: David Kunian, Music Curator Louisiana State Museum Tom Morgan, Author, From Cakewalk to Concert Hall Bruce Raeburn, Ph.D., Tulane University, Director of Special Collections, Curator Hogan Jazz Archive Greer Goff Mendy, Esq., Author, Choreographer Shelley Ritter, Director, Delta Blues Museum, Clarkdale, MS 5:00[...]
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Detroit Brooks and the Natural Effect 8:00 pm
Detroit Brooks and the Natural Effect
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Detroit Brooks, famed session and touring guitarist of the New Orleans music scene, has the most recognizable face in the city. An evening of his musical prowess, music critics, affection ados, or novices are testament of his smooth yet infectious stroke based in solid fundamentals. Often admired by guitarists world-wide, Brooks’ laid-back demeanor masks one of the most heralded and sought-after performer, songwriter, and session men of our time. Like most well-known singer/songwriters, his roots reach deep into the inner fabric of the famed “Bible Belt Superstars.” He began his career at an early age, touring with his famous family which includes his world-famous sister Juanita Brooks, of “Juanita’s Gospel Express,” as well as his acclaimed father, George A. Brooks, Sr., of the famous “Masonic Kings.” Like many accomplished guitarists, Detroit mastered his craft on the road where the performances were “long, free and continuous.” His skill, technique and experience brought him quick recognition and the opportunity to play with gospel greats like Clarence Fountain & the Five Blind Boys, Dorothy Norwood, Reverend Ernest Franklin, Albertina Walker, Raymond Myles and The Rams and the famed Zion Harmonizers. Detroit Brooks has continued to compliment his development as a musician through intense study with guitar Masters, Roy Montell and Gary Haulette, as well as ongoing training and studies in Improvisation and Theory with Hank Mackie and Composition and Piano with Roger Dickerson. A virtual chameleon of various musical styles from Traditional Banjo to Improvisational Jazz, through Rhythm and Blues and Funk, Detroit[...]
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Shamarr Allen 7:00 pm
Shamarr Allen
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Shamarr Allen was born in the birthplace of Jazz, — New Orleans, Louisiana –and became immersed in music at the early age of 7. His father a saxophonist by hobby became his first music teacher. Shamarr played in both the concert and marching bands all through school and always served as his section leader. As a teenager he attended the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp where he studied under the tutelage of Jazz educators Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Clyde Kerr Jr., Herlin Riley and the late Alvin Batiste. At age 13, Shamarr was invited to play with the Pittsburg University Orchestra and at 16 appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Mahogany Brass Band. He began his professional career as a street musician in the French Quarter playing with Tuba Fats. His artistry was also greatly influenced by his elementary and private music instructor Yvette Best, then, flautist for the North Dakota Philharmonic and by his mentors Leroy Jones, Joe Torregano, Bob French and Tim Green some of New Orleans’ most noted Jazz musicians. Shamarr credits them with greatly impacting what he does today. Playing with street musicians for tourists, lead to his involvement with New Orleans brass bands — the Hot 8 Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Lil’ Rascals, Treme and others. Expanding his horizons, Shamarr now plays a variety of music styles. He presently leads traditional Jazz bands and his own Funk and Rock group, The Underdawgs. He has written and produced Hip Hop tracks, traditional Jazz and rock[...]
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Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Cécile Savage Duo 10:00 am
Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Cécile Savage Duo
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Little Gem Saloon’s authentic jazz dining brunch service features the accomplished jazz specialist Cécile Savage and pianist Bruce Elsenhson soothing out the sounds of a Sunday morning done right. Her music reflects her many influences: French lyricism, bluesy melodies and passion, and her own jazz compositions with Brazilian overtones. She is now a new resident in the Tremé neighbohood of New Orleans. A four hour block of traditional New Orleans jazz, bottomless mimosas, and a vibe catered entirely by the food, music and history within the confines of the Saloon. Reserve a table and experience the finest brunch service in the Crescent City. 504-267-4863
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Evan Christopher’s 8th Annual International Jam Session 7:00 pm
Evan Christopher’s 8th Annual International Jam Session
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Each French Quarter Festival, musicians from around the world make a pilgrimage to the Crescent City. For the eighth year in a row, clarinetist Evan Christopher hosts a jam session to celebrate the international community that shares a passion for traditional New Orleans music.
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Jon Roniger Gypsyland 7:00 pm
Jon Roniger Gypsyland
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Locally made and totally original soundtrack is what you can expect from Jon Roniger Gypsyland
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The Cutting Edge Listening Room featuring Leslie Smith and Ted Hedko 8:00 pm
The Cutting Edge Listening Room featuring Leslie Smith and Ted Hedko
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Cutting Edge Listening Room showcase is a freelance opportunity of artistry on display in a venue enshrined in history. This week will feature Leslie Smith and Ted Hedko
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Detroit Brooks and the Natural Effect 8:00 pm
Detroit Brooks and the Natural Effect
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Detroit Brooks, famed session and touring guitarist of the New Orleans music scene, has the most recognizable face in the city. An evening of his musical prowess, music critics, affection ados, or novices are testament of his smooth yet infectious stroke based in solid fundamentals. Often admired by guitarists world-wide, Brooks’ laid-back demeanor masks one of the most heralded and sought-after performer, songwriter, and session men of our time. Like most well-known singer/songwriters, his roots reach deep into the inner fabric of the famed “Bible Belt Superstars.” He began his career at an early age, touring with his famous family which includes his world-famous sister Juanita Brooks, of “Juanita’s Gospel Express,” as well as his acclaimed father, George A. Brooks, Sr., of the famous “Masonic Kings.” Like many accomplished guitarists, Detroit mastered his craft on the road where the performances were “long, free and continuous.” His skill, technique and experience brought him quick recognition and the opportunity to play with gospel greats like Clarence Fountain & the Five Blind Boys, Dorothy Norwood, Reverend Ernest Franklin, Albertina Walker, Raymond Myles and The Rams and the famed Zion Harmonizers. Detroit Brooks has continued to compliment his development as a musician through intense study with guitar Masters, Roy Montell and Gary Haulette, as well as ongoing training and studies in Improvisation and Theory with Hank Mackie and Composition and Piano with Roger Dickerson. A virtual chameleon of various musical styles from Traditional Banjo to Improvisational Jazz, through Rhythm and Blues and Funk, Detroit[...]
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Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 7:00 pm
Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Full Dinner Service is available during this event with a recommended seating time 0f 6:30pm. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.
Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 9:00 pm
Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Apr 16 @ 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Full Dinner Service is available during this event with a recommended seating time 0f 6:30pm. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.
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Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Cécile Savage Duo 10:00 am
Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Cécile Savage Duo
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Little Gem Saloon’s authentic jazz dining brunch service features the accomplished jazz specialist Cécile Savage and pianist Bruce Elsenhson soothing out the sounds of a Sunday morning done right. Her music reflects her many influences: French lyricism, bluesy melodies and passion, and her own jazz compositions with Brazilian overtones. She is now a new resident in the Tremé neighbohood of New Orleans. A four hour block of traditional New Orleans jazz, bottomless mimosas, and a vibe catered entirely by the food, music and history within the confines of the Saloon. Reserve a table and experience the finest brunch service in the Crescent City. 504-267-4863
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Jon Roniger Gypsyland 7:00 pm
Jon Roniger Gypsyland
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Locally made and totally original soundtrack is what you can expect from Jon Roniger Gypsyland
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Cutting Edge Listening Room featuring Margie Perez and GrayHawk Perkins 7:00 pm
Cutting Edge Listening Room featuring Margie Perez and GrayHawk Perkins
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Cutting Edge Listening Room showcase is a freelance opportunity of artistry on display in a venue enshrined in history. This week will feature Margie Perez and GrayHawk Perkins.
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MARC STONE’S LA BLUES THROWDOWN FEAT BENNY TURNER, WALTER “WOLFMAN” WASHINGTON, JOHN MOONEY, ROCKIN’ DOPSIE JR., MARILYN BARBARIN, MASON RUFFNER, THE MARC STONE BAND 10:00 pm
MARC STONE’S LA BLUES THROWDOWN FEAT BENNY TURNER, WALTER “WOLFMAN” WASHINGTON, JOHN MOONEY, ROCKIN’ DOPSIE JR., MARILYN BARBARIN, MASON RUFFNER, THE MARC STONE BAND
Apr 22 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 1:00 am
MARC STONE'S LA BLUES THROWDOWN FEAT BENNY TURNER, WALTER "WOLFMAN" WASHINGTON, JOHN MOONEY, ROCKIN' DOPSIE JR., MARILYN BARBARIN, MASON RUFFNER, THE MARC STONE BAND @ Little Gem Saloon  | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
  Guitarist and bandleader Marc Stone has a knack for putting together a good bill. The shows and recordings he has produced in New Orleans over the years have featured a dizzying array of the areas top names in inventive combinations, drawing on Marc’s nearly 15 years of experience on the Louisiana music scene to create unique and exciting projects. The Louisiana Blues Throwdown is his flagship project. Join us for a special Jazzfest showcase at Little Gem Saloon as a slew of New Orleans legends pay a special tribute to the late, great Eddie Bo. Joining Marc Stone for his specialty blues showcase will be Benny Turner, John Mooney, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Mason Ruffner, Marilyn Barbarin, Paul Boudreaux, Rickin Dopsie Jr., and the Marc Stone Band. Marc’s slide guitar chops and stage delivery have earned his own recordings and performances excellent reviews in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to all of his musical duties, Marc hosts the weekly Soul Serenade Blues and R&B show on award-winning Jazz and Heritage radio station WWOZ 90.7 fm, New Orleans and writes the Bluesworthy column for OffBeat, New Orleans premier music magazine.
Jazzfest 2016: NIKKI GLASPIE’S NthFECTIOUS feat NATE EDGAR NICK CASSARINO AND SPECIAL GUESTS + CHARLIE HUNTER AND SCOTT AMENDOLA 11:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: NIKKI GLASPIE’S NthFECTIOUS feat NATE EDGAR NICK CASSARINO AND SPECIAL GUESTS + CHARLIE HUNTER AND SCOTT AMENDOLA
Apr 22 @ 11:00 pm
Nikki Glaspie, Nate Edgar and Nick Cassarino of The Nth Power are spearheading one of the most jammin’ nights of the Little Gem Jazzfest calendar, including a great opening set from Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola.
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Jazzfest 2016: David L. Harris Trio 7:30 pm
Jazzfest 2016: David L. Harris Trio
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: David L. Harris Trio @ Little Gem Saloon | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States
  David Lee Harris Jr., born in Baton Rouge, La is a trombonist, vocalist, composer and arranger. Studying at Southern University, Louisiana State University and the University of New Orleans, he honed his skills and developed a style true to the music of his ancestors. This led David eventually onto the New Orleans music scene in 2010 where he studied with Delfeayo Marsalis. One of his specialized talents is playing the style of muted plunger, influenced by Tyree Glenn, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton and Al Grey to name a few. David has toured internationally playing in noteworthy concert halls and festivals such as the Apollo Theatre, Rose Hall in Lincoln Center, The L’Olympia Music Hall in Paris, France, The Newport Jazz Festival(2015), Cape Town Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, The Joy Of Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Ascona Jazz Festival and The New Orleans Jazz Festival. He also has performed with such notable acts as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Shannon Powell, Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Aaron Neville, Delfeayo Marsalis, Haley Reinhart, Dr. Michael White, Wynton Marsalis and currently with Dee Dee Bridgewater and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Currently David is composing and arranging songs for his upcoming CD set to release ‘Spring’ 2016.
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers (Show 1) 8:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers (Show 1)
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers (Show 1) @ Little Gem Saloon | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
The New Orleans mainstay Kermit Ruffins kicks off his first of many Jazzfest showcases at the Little Gem Saloon. Like his regular showcases on our Saturday night showcases, Kermit will be participating in two shows along with his backing band. These will have special start times of 8PM and 10PM and feature very special guests! Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Tickets to the Jazzfest edition of the Kermit Ruffins showcase are in high demand by our fans, so it is important to reserve a seating arrangement on top of ticket purchases for the best accessibility of our show. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 10:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Apr 23 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers @ Little Gem Saloon | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
Like his regular showcases on our Saturday night showcases, Kermit will be participating in two shows along with his backing band. These will have special start times of 8PM and 10PM and feature very special guests! Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Tickets to the Jazzfest edition of the Kermit Ruffins showcase are in high demand by our fans, so it is important to reserve a seating arrangement on top of ticket purchases for the best accessibility of our show. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.
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Jazzfest Weekend Sunday Brunch with the Cécile Savage Duo 10:00 am
Jazzfest Weekend Sunday Brunch with the Cécile Savage Duo
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Commemorate the start of your Sunday Jazzfest outing with Little Gem Saloon’s signature brunch service featuring the accomplished jazz specialist Cécile Savage and pianist Bruce Elsenhson soothing out the sounds of a Sunday morning done right. Her music reflects her many influences: French lyricism, bluesy melodies and passion, and her own jazz compositions with Brazilian overtones. She is now a new resident in the Tremé neighbohood of New Orleans. A four hour block of traditional New Orleans jazz, bottomless mimosas, and a vibe catered entirely by the food, music and history within the confines of the Saloon. Reserve a table and experience the finest brunch service in the Crescent City. 504-267-4863
Jazzfest 2016: The Hidden Gems Showcase 8:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: The Hidden Gems Showcase
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:50 pm
Jazzfest 2016: The Hidden Gems Showcase @ Little Gem Saloon | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
  Some of music’s better offerings are low key secrets far and wide. They may not be in big, bright lettering on the marquee, festival bills, or your local music calendar, but somewhere out there they are acquiring a following and avid appreciation that spans far beyond a little local club. Annually, we showcase those particular acts here at the Little Gem Saloon in a Jazzfest showcase we call the Hidden Gems. For this year’s installment, we have gathered talent that spans from our local community to the west coast and beyond. We will also provide delicious hot bar items and drink specials to accommodate for the hidden goodness this event provides. Check out our entertainment below: Tracorum – www.tracorum.com A rock and roll band from California that spans across many different musical soundscapes. Locals will dig the bayou classics, traveling festgoers will have an ear for the revised classics, and music enthusiasts will appreciate the arrangements of these Hidden Gems who are stopping through the Gem to put on a great show. Holly Bowling – www.hollybowling.com Known for her classic renditions of Phish and Grateful Dead covers, this incredible talent has been trained to play piano since the age of five and has created an entity of admiration for her devotion to Phish, who she has seen hundreds of times in her lifetime. Her classic arrangements of her favorite band have created a cult following. Kettle Black – www.keithburnstein.com The backing band of established local New Orleans talent Keith Burnstein. Originally from[...]
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Jazzfest 2016: Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road Featuring David Torkanowsky 7:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road Featuring David Torkanowsky
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 am
Jazzfest 2016: Evan Christopher's Clarinet Road Featuring David Torkanowsky @ Little Gem Saloon | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
Like most of Evan’s performances, this showcase in the elegant and intimate Little Gem Saloon will reveal the magic of the New Orleans clarinet in acoustic splendor. Living legend, pianist David Torkanowsky accompanies Evan for this dinner-theater styled program that will be appropriate for all ages. Don’t miss the only public “Clarinet Road” show during the JazzFest Season. Music charge $15 in advance includes priority seating. $20 at door. Minors 12yrs and over, accompanied by paying adults, are welcome without music charge.
Jazzfest 2016: Mad Skillet Featuring John Medeski, Will Bernard, Terence Higgins, and Kirk Joseph 10:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Mad Skillet Featuring John Medeski, Will Bernard, Terence Higgins, and Kirk Joseph
Apr 25 @ 10:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Mad Skillet Featuring John Medeski, Will Bernard, Terence Higgins, and Kirk Joseph @ Little Gem Saloon | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
Mad Skillet was born of a late night show in New Orleans, LA during JazzFest 2015. It came out kicking and screaming, laughing and wailing,laying down a deep New Orleans groove steeped in jazz, blues,psychedelic rock, and R&B.Band members are leader, keyboardist John Medeski (Medeski Martin &Wood, The Word), Grammy nominated guitarist/bandleader WillBernard (Medicine Hat, Party Hats), New Orleans native sousaphoneplayer Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Backyard Groove), anddrummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ani DiFranco) alsoa New Orleans native.Medeski and Bernard’s yearly quest to play together during Jazz Festfound a special chemistry with the addition of Joseph and Higgins. Theeclectic, far–reaching backgrounds of Medeski and Bernard alongsidethis legendary NOLA rhythm section generated what Medeski calls, “avast musical universe with limitless potential”. “Terence and Kirk are a great rhythm section. Classic. They’reoverflowing with tradition, yet always ready to go any direction themusic calls for. It’s rare to find musicians with such deep roots who arealso open to experimentation. I’ve always wanted an excuse to play withthem, so when Will mentioned using Kirk on the gig, I thought it was theperfect time to bring Terence in too. And Will Bernard… well, something happens to Will when he’s in The Crescent City. It’s like supermancoming out of the phone booth!” says Medeski.John Medeski is best known for his buoyant, organ–centric approach tojazz as a part of trailblazing trio Medeski Martin & Wood, he alsocollaborates often with John Zorn and John Scofield and plays in laudedsuper–groups The Word, Spectrum Road, and Phil & Friends and in 2013he released a introspective solo piano album on OKeh/Sony Recordscalled, A Different Time.
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NOLA Dukes BAND 7:00 pm
NOLA Dukes BAND
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NOLA Dukes BAND @ Little Gem Saloon | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
    This fun hour block of live covers courtesy of the NOLA Dukes is a showcase of services for potential wedding receptions and more. If you’re a bride or groom to be looking for a fun, musically enthused group to play for your eventual ceremony, check out their free, live demonstration right in the heart of our Jazzfest features.
Jazzfest 2016: Polyrhythmics + Colin Lake 10:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Polyrhythmics + Colin Lake
Apr 26 @ 10:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Polyrhythmics + Colin Lake @ Little Gem Saloon | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
  Seattle, Washington’s Polyrhythmics is a behemoth of funk with eight members each acting as a component for a redefining touch of sound unrivaled by most. They will be setting up shop in the ramp room of the Little Gem Saloon for an absolutely epic showcase of in-your-face jamming in the later hours of the night. Opening support by Colin Lake.
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Jazzfest 2016: The Marc Stone Band 8:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: The Marc Stone Band
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wednesday before the second weekend of Jazzfest, join us for a FREE blues showcase featuring Marc Stone once again tearing the house down with his signature riffs and backing band. Special dinner and drinking arrangements will be accommodated for each reservation. This is the perfect destination for any Wednesday at the Square attendees looking for more fulfilling music and fantastic food. For reservations, call 504-267-4863.
Jazzfest 2016: The Ramp Jam Featuring Doombalaya and Elysian Feel 11:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: The Ramp Jam Featuring Doombalaya and Elysian Feel
Apr 27 @ 11:00 pm – 11:59 pm
THE RAMP JAM is an all out showcase of two extremely talented Crescent City local acts bringing the house down in the Little Gem Saloon’s coveted Ramp Room. Join us for a late night outing of jammin’ shows immediately following Fiya Fest.
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Jazzfest 2016: Glen David Andrews 8:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Glen David Andrews
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Glen David Andrews’ no holds barred performances have brought him attention as one of NOLA’s brightest talents. His performances have been called “transformative,” “over the top,” and “otherworldly.” With the chops of a soul legend and the passion of a tent revival, Glen David Andrews is an inspiration. The music of New Orleans is steeped in tradition. Glen David Andrews has absorbed this tradition and given his life and work over to bringing it into the future. Andrews is bearing the torch of one of the worlds greatest musical heritages. He has been surrounded by the music of New Orleans since his youth in the historic Treme section of the city. He has become a champion of New Orleans, playing horn in numerous bands and even being featured in the Spike Lee Documentary “When The Levees Broke” (2006). This seems to be just the beginning for Glen David Andrews, a talent who, like his city, will not fade away.
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Jazzfest 2016: The Nayo Jones Experience 8:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: The Nayo Jones Experience
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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.
Jazzfest 2016: Natives Night (Downstairs) – The Stanton Moore Trio featuring David Torkanowski and James Singleton + Special Guests 11:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Natives Night (Downstairs) – The Stanton Moore Trio featuring David Torkanowski and James Singleton + Special Guests
Apr 29 @ 11:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Born and raised in New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a dedicated drummer and performer especially connected to the city, its culture and collaborative spirit. Driven and inspired by the thriving music scene of his hometown which includes such greats as Professor Longhair, Doctor John and The Meters, Moore’s name is now mentioned amongst these Big Easy mainstays. In the early ’90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic. Their first album, 1996’s widely acclaimed Coolin’ Off, led to an intense tour schedule of nearly 200 gigs a year for the next ten years. Building on their fan base by adding an esteemed list of all-star collaborations to the six albums that followed, Galactic continues to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally. Moore launched his solo career in 1998 aided by eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik (Les Claypool, John Scofield, Roger Waters). The group recorded All Kooked Out! featuring a handful of local New Orleans musicians as well. In the midst of these recording sessions yet another concept was taking shape. Outtakes turned into the first Garage a Trois release, Mysteryfunk(1999). In 2000 the trio, led by Moore behind the drum kit, was joined by percussionist Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco) and has since released three more albums – Emphasizer in 2003, Outre Mer in 2005 and Power Patriot in 2009. Moore extended his solo discography with the release of Flyin’ the Koop (Verve/Blue Thumb) in 2001, and III (Telarc) in[...]
Jazzfest 2016: Natives Night Royal Southern Brotherhood + Honey Island Swamp Band 11:59 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Natives Night Royal Southern Brotherhood + Honey Island Swamp Band
Apr 29 @ 11:59 pm – Apr 30 @ 4:00 am
Royal Southern Brotherhood is an American blues and blues rock supergroup, consisting of singer and percussionist Cyril Neville, vocalist and guitarist Devon Allman, vocalist and guitarist Mike Zito, drummer Yonrico Scott, and bassist Charlie Wooton.
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Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 8:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Like his regular showcases on Saturday nights, Kermit will be participating in two shows along with his backing band. These will have special start times of 8PM and 10PM and feature very special guests! Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Tickets to the Jazzfest edition of the Kermit Ruffins showcase are in high demand by our fans, so it is important to reserve a seating arrangement on top of ticket purchases for the best accessibility of our show. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.
Jazzfest 2016: Lynn Drury Live (Upstairs) 8:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Lynn Drury Live (Upstairs)
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 10:00 pm
Jazzfest 2016: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Apr 30 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Like his regular showcases on Saturday nights, Kermit will be participating in two shows along with his backing band. These will have special start times of 8PM and 10PM and feature very special guests! Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Tickets to the Jazzfest edition of the Kermit Ruffins showcase are in high demand by our fans, so it is important to reserve a seating arrangement on top of ticket purchases for the best accessibility of our show. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.