New Orleans’ Best Clubs and Bars for Live Jazz Music


Jazz music was born to move the feet and soothe the soul. With New Orleans roots, the genre has a little spice and a classic Southern flair unlike any other. Musical greats like Louis Armstrong, Kermit Ruffins, and Jeremy Davenport have cradled the genre through the decades. Today, visitors can hear jazz music playing throughout the streets of the French Quarter, and the best jazz is played in the city’s reputable music halls, jazz clubs, and bars.

Preservation Hall in the French Quarter

The legacy of traditional jazz music lives on at Preservation Hall. The historic jazz bar popped up in 1961 and continues to host live musicians seven days a week. Guests will enjoy the performances of the venue’s house band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, in an intimate, acoustic setting.

New Orleans Jazz Market in the Central Business District

The New Orleans Jazz Market is a multi-functional space for all things jazz. The historic Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard epicenter has a full-sized theatre, cocktail bar, meeting rooms, and learning spaces. Visitors of any age are welcome to enjoy the extravagant concerts.

The Spotted Cat Music Club in the Faubourg Marigny

Swing dancing and classic jazz music come alive at the Spotted Cat in the Faubourg Marigny. The low-key jazz club regularly hosts local brass bands, soloists, and singers and has a lively dance floor.

Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub in the French Quarter

Enjoy the sounds of European and traditional jazz music at Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub. The oldest jazz club in New Orleans lives between the eccentric bars and clubs of the city’s infamous Bourbon Street.

Blue Nile in the Faubourg Marigny

At Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street, New Orleans’ music district, visitors can experience the local jazz scene daily. The groovy space repeatedly hosts renowned local jazz, blues, and funk musicians.

Maple Leaf Bar in the Garden District

The Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street is an infamous live music venue in the Garden District. Every night’s crowd is just as diverse as the music that plays through the venue. Rebirth Brass Band has been performing at Maple Leaf Bar for decades and is a must-see for locals and visitors.

Bacchanal Wine in the Bywater

Wine, cheese, and jazz are favored at Bacchanal Wine in New Orleans’ Bywater. The historic building is the oldest in the neighborhood. A dreamy, lush patio hosts some of the best local jazz musicians every night of the week.

Snug Harbor in the Faubourg Marigny

The New Orleans jazz music greats cling to Snug Harbor in the Faubourg Marigny. The intimate, candle-lit space has been a go-to jazz lounge since the 1980s. Charmaine Neville and Stanton Moore, iconic local jazz musicians, frequent the club.

d.b.a. in the Faubourg Marigny

The hip bar, d.b.a. in the Faubourg Marigny, is a hub for local jazz talent. Treme Brass Band, the Soul Rebels, and the Jump Hounds frequent the intimate stage. Craft beer and cocktails pour from the bar while jazz flows from the stage daily.

The 21st Amendment at La Louisiane in the French Quarter

Prohibition-era pizzaz and classic jazz never end at the Hotel Mazarin’s 21st Amendment at La Louisiane in the French Quarter. The upscale atmosphere and intimate seating create a memorable jazz music listening experience.

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