10 Best New Orleans Jazz Clubs: Get Your Groove On
Jazz is a religion. The city of New Orleans conceived Jazz in the early 20th century. It was expressive of their way of life; relaxed but subtly shifting and churning on a daily basis. Jazz and the clubs that house said music continue to power the city's nightlife scene.
The city's two main late night strips, Bourbon and Frenchmen, are where to find the majority of clubs and lounges that book the city's best Jazz acts.
Head to Bourbon for the more upbeat and lively jazz that you can sing and dance along to. The Krazy Korner is known for putting on some energy filled late night shows. The venues here are typically bigger,... Read more »
Maison-Bourbon is Preservation Hall without all the national pub and wait time.
Local Expert Tip: "If you are planning a group trip to New Orleans, consider renting out the Jazz Parlor on the 2nd floor of Maison-Bourbon."
Preservation Hall is internationally known as THE place to go for authentic, early 20's style jazz.
Local Expert Tip: "Try and be patient with the wait. Enjoy a drink or two in line and prepare your ears for a truly unique experience. "
At Irvin Mayfield's, you can pair jazz and burlesque for the ultimate night out.
Local Expert Tip: "If you are a die-hard jazz aficionado, you might as well stay at the Royal Sonesta so you can visit Irvin Mayfield's every night. "
It's hard to choose among the Frenchmen Street venues for a night out. When jazz is part of the discussion, d.b.a. rises to the top.
Local Expert Tip: "You'll pay a cover, but it will be worth it."
Sweet Lorraine's provides an authentic New Orleans experience for those wanting to soak up local music and indulge in Creole.
Local Expert Tip: "Don't try walking here at night. Be safe and smart and take a cab."
Vaughan's Lounge may offer the truest old-school style jazz club experience in the city.
Local Expert Tip: "Seeing Kermit Ruffins here is truly an experience. Be prepared to pay a nominal cover. "
The Spotted Cat has some of the widest range of performances (jazz derivations) out of any place in the city.
Local Expert Tip: "A good place to go if you are a believer that socializing and listening to music can happen concurrently. "
Fritzel's is unique in that it's a European-style beer hall featuring a very diverse selection of jazz bands.
Local Expert Tip: "Come here for atypical jazz, not early 20th century stuff."
The Krazy Korner is where to go if you like a little blues with your jazz and don't mind shaking it out on the dance floor.
Local Expert Tip: "This is a good place to end the night at"
Palm Court Jazz Cafe has tradition, ambiance and talent on its side.
Local Expert Tip: "If you like your jazz a little more amped up, come in on Saturday nights (an amazing trumpeter has the stage). "
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