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

Jul
23

Glen David Andrews

Saturday, July 23 at 7:30pm


Jul
24

Cecile Savage

Sunday, July 24 at 10:00am


Jul
26

The NOLA Dukes

Tuesday, July 26 at 7:00pm


Jul
27

Bobby Mac & The New Orleans Banjos

Wednesday, July 27 at 6:00pm


Jul
28

The V-Tones of Charleston

Thursday, July 28 at 7:00pm


Jul
29

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, July 29 at 8:00pm


Jul
30
Jul
31

Cecile Savage

Sunday, July 31 at 10:00am


Aug
2

Charlie Miller

Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00pm


Aug
3

Lucas Davenport

Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00pm


Aug
5

Shamarr Allen and Jarrel Allen Quintet

Friday, August 5 at 8:00pm


Aug
6

Dr. Michael White

Saturday, August 6 at 7:00pm


Aug
7

Cecile Savage

Sunday, August 7 at 10:00am


Aug
9

Charlie Miller

Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00pm


Aug
10

David L. Harris Jr. Duo

Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00pm


Aug
12

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, August 12 at 8:00pm


Aug
13

Little Freddie King

Saturday, August 13 at 7:00pm


Aug
14

Cecile Savage

Sunday, August 14 at 10:00am


Aug
16

Charlie Miller

Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00pm


Aug
17

Lucas Davenport

Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00pm


Aug
19

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, August 19 at 8:00pm


Aug
20
Aug
21

Cecile Savage

Sunday, August 21 at 10:00am


Aug
23

Charlie Miller

Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00pm


Aug
24

Lucas Davenport

Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00pm


Aug
25

The Cutting Edge Artist Showcase

Thursday, August 25 at 6:00pm


Aug
26

The Cutting Edge Artist Showcase

Friday, August 26 at 6:00pm


Aug
26

Shamarr Allen and Jarrel Allen Quintet

Friday, August 26 at 8:00pm


Aug
27

The Cutting Edge Artist Showcase

Saturday, August 27 at 6:00pm


Aug
27

Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers (2 Shows)

Saturday, August 27 at 7:00pm


Aug
28

Cecile Savage

Sunday, August 28 at 10:00am


Aug
30

Charlie Miller

Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00pm


Aug
31

Lucas Davenport

Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00pm

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