Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA, USA
www.snugjazz.com - (504) 949-0696
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro New Orleans Reviews
Jul 20, 2007
Not specifically a brass band hangout, but a marvelous venue for enjoying stellar jazz acts in the Big Easy, Snug Harbor is a few blocks beyond the French Quarter. This is probably a bummer for their management, but a real boon for music enthusiasts because it doesn’t seem to attract massive crowds despite serving up top shelf musicians.
I have visited Snug Harbor three times across an expanse of time – saw Mose Allison in 1983, Al Kooper in 1987 and Ellis Marsalis in 2003. Each time was tremendous and it seems time is frozen here as nothing changed between visits (I've heard from other TravBuddies that the joint continues to thrive post-Katrina).
Snug Harbor provides an intimate setting and if they are featuring a solo artist, provide absolutely killer house bands for accompaniment! While I have only been there for music, there are three separate areas: a dining area with candlelit table seating (can’t vouch for the meals, but the menu looked appealing and it seems to offer a romantic atmosphere); a cozy bar that has dark wood features, and; the music room – a two-level affair in back where every seat provides close-up views (I recommend the second floor for piano, so you can witness the performer tickling the ivories).
There is something special about this place because the performances I was fortunate enough to catch were truly inspired. The artists obviously loved Snug Harbor and I think playing for small audiences in such a cozy place draws out first hand playing. I would check out the schedule on-line and even if there isn’t a brass band playing during your visit, Snug Harbor is definitely worth sampling!
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