New Orleans’ Top New Jazz Clubs

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We’ve written before about New Orleans’ thriving jazz scene, recommending live music venues like the Davenport Lounge, Fritzel’s, the Palm Court Lounge and Snug Harbor. I wondered, though, how live music was faring in the midst of current difficulties.

Despite reduced schedules due to staffing shortages, we found four new venues. During our visit in autumn 2021, these places were crowded, and social distancing was often difficult. Nevertheless, we had a fantastic time listening to some of the first live music we’ve experienced since the start of the pandemic.

For the most current live-music schedule, consult the website of New Orleans’ jazz-themed radio station, WWOZ.

Bayou Bar

Wolf in Lamb's Clothing cocktail at Bayou Bar, New Orleans - Randy Schmidt
Peter Harris Trio at Bayou Bar, New Orleans - ANDREW HARPER EDITOR

This lively little spot on the ground floor of the Pontchartrain Hotel is an ideal Garden District choice for a range of ages. I appreciated its cozy décor incorporating wood and exposed brick and its selection of creative cocktails. Most seats were occupied, but we ended up being invited to join a family of locals who had a couple of extra chairs at their table. We chatted and listened to the classic sound of the Peter Harris Trio (a pianist, bassist and drummer). Having enjoyed the company of our new friends, we took up their invitation for a nightcap on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, which afforded a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. Live music Tuesday-Sunday.

Bayou Bar
2031 St. Charles Avenue. Tel. (504) 323-1456