You can’t come to New Orleans and not listen to jazz. It would be like going to a restaurant just to watch people enjoy their food. When in NOLA, you’ve got to get involved; eat great food, listen to great music, let your hair down, live a little. And where better to do that than on Frenchman Street, a street world famous for its live music? Once you’re there – make a beeline for The Maison.
This much-loved live music club skews towards jazz, but you might hear local brass or funk bands, maybe even a swing ensemble during your visit. You’d need to check their massive calendar of events to see what’s in store. Or just rock up and enjoy. After all, they always play live jazz on the front stage during dinner, so that’s a great place to start.
Dinner and a show? That’s a no-brainer. Especially when there’s Shrimp and Grits (with mouthwatering nubbins of andouille sausage), Creole-style pork chops, and slow-roasted Cajun-style pork po’boys on the menu. And for grazers, there are smaller bite-sized dishes (hello, chicken wings) to have alongside your cocktails. On Sundays, meanwhile, there’s a rightly popular jazz brunch. Perfect if you want to listen to some fantastic music with your chicken and waffles. Or watch toe-tapping dance performances while sipping your Mimosa.
Any day of the week, The Maison offers the city incredible music from local and national bands – and, as an added bonus, most shows here are free, unless stated otherwise. Why? Because everyone should listen to jazz in New Orleans, of course.