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

Oct
1

Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers (2 Shows)

Saturday, October 1 at 7:00pm


Oct
4

Marc Stone

Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm


Oct
5

Sonic Harvest

Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00pm


Oct
6

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, October 6 at 7:00pm


Oct
11

NOLA Dukes

Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00pm


Oct
12

David L. Harris Jr. Duo

Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00pm


Oct
14

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, October 14 at 7:00pm


Oct
18

Marc Stone

Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00pm


Oct
19

David L. Harris Jr. Duo

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00pm


Oct
20

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, October 20 at 7:00pm


Oct
21

Nayo Jones Experience

Friday, October 21 at 7:00pm


Oct
22

Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers (2 Shows)

Saturday, October 22 at 7:00pm


Oct
25

Marc Stone

Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00pm


Oct
26

Marc Stone

Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30pm


Oct
27

Reid Poole Duo

Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm


Oct
29

Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers (2 Shows)

Saturday, October 29 at 7:00pm

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