Right now, this is our favorite live-music venue in New Orleans, but that's because of our particular New Orleans aesthetic bent: We are partial to cramped rooms where the band plays without much (if any) amplification, and what they play is usually fresh takes on classic and big-band jazz. To be honest, the interior has been a bit neglected and is a little on the shabby side. Don't come here for faboo design, but rather for some of the most reliable live music on Frenchmen. You'll have to hang around a bit to grab those few seats by the window, and in the meantime endure some space-crowding from the enthusiastic jitter-buggers, but once you've settled down, you may not want to leave for a long while. Traditional and gypsy jazz is regularly featured in both early and late shows. On Fridays, you'll find us hanging around the doorway, listening to the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, not to mention other nights for Va-va-voom and more.
- © Frommer's 2013
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