While I have worked with many jazz musicians over the years, I am admittedly no expert on the matter. I cannot easily recall which cats play when or what instrument for that matter and I cannot tell tunes by name. But what I can tell you is where to find some of the best jazz in the city that started it all. Between the music venue, the touring band, and the non-profit organization, the hall has helped rejuvenate the music classically as well as in a contemporary light as evidenced by their more recent collaborations with artists like Blind Boys of Alabama, Mos Def, Arcade Fire, and My Morning Jacket, to name a few.
The Jazz Playhouse
The strip of North Robertson Street had seven jumping live music bars. Things have changed, following the hurricane, the ensuing gentrification, and the eponymous television show. Joe's Cozy Corner is now a twee little residence, and the Petroleum Lounge has become the Treme Coffee House , where tourists gather to ride Segways through the neighbourhood and a chalkboard hawks the Treme Panini. All that remains is the Candlelight Lounge: a modest cinder-block structure. A row of chairs marks the stage.
The Spotted Cat Music Club
Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Located in Mid-City, this music bar is a great place for visitors to relax and hang out with their friends. The room adapts to bands of different sizes and welcomes different styles. Each artist or band that plays at the club is in charge of setting the entrance fee for their visitors.
I'm not sure, but I'm almost positive, that all music comes from New Orleans. Does it? The historians can apply themselves to the question, but meanwhile, visitors and residents alike find themselves offered an embarrassment of musical riches, both day and night, in this town: You'll mingle with brass-band street parades and dance sweaty-haired to post-midnight funk jams and sway to hot touring acts performing in glimmering fin de siecle amusement palaces. There's no closing time in New Orleans, the city that probably invented American nightlife -- so head out into that swampy, sultry, electric night, and see where it takes you. The ornate walls of One Eyed Jacks' odd-capacity showroom are edged with scarlet sparkle-vinyl banquettes and hung with midth-century pinup nudes painted on black velvet -- a louche, swank atmosphere appropriate to its history as an old French Quarter movie house and reputed speakeasy, the latter of which apparently left the club with a pair of ghosts. A slightly raked floor means there's not a bad sightline in the room, which is the premier downtown New Orleans destination for touring indie acts, hip local bands, and DJ nights, like the long-running and beloved Thursday night "Fast Times" '80s dance party. College kids mix with old punks and visitors, too, who are lucky enough to wander into the coolest spot in the touristy Quarter.