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“Best jazz I ever heard” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen Street
Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Nashville, Tennessee
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“Best jazz I ever heard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

ya know, I'd rather not tell you how good Frenchman Street is. I'd rather you all got wasted on Bourbon Street because you wouldnt appreciate it anyway. But if you find your way there and wander down where jazz, R&B, soul, and reggae bleed out into the street, you need to stop and appreciate what you're hearing. This isn't the gentleman jazz of Duke Ellington jazz standards done at wedding parties playing Satin Doll. This is raucous brass jazz with trombones and tubas rocking your as and making you feel dirty. This is soul that hits the headboard. Monday night's at DBA are legendary, Spotted Cat for a slimmer, more furious sound. Ask the locals what's hot, you may not want to miss a better show, but it's hard to go wrong anywhere on Frenchman. But seriously, I'd rather you never left Bourbon.

Visited January 2013
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New Orleans
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“What New Orleans is all about!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Great music, great food, fun atmosphere. Safe.
Lots of super experiences and each club is different. Pay the cover, tip the bands and have an amazing time. This is what Bourbon Street used to be before the t-shirt shops and strip clubs and cheesyness.

Visited February 2013
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Sanford, North Carolina
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“Not quite what we wanted”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We were really looking for some good standard jazz, but seemed to hear more rock than jazz; little dixieland. Visited d.b.a., which was very, very small - entertainment was a single performer, folk/blues. Not that good.

Visited January 2013
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“Awesome music!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

My favourite bars were BMC and The Maison. We ate at the Maison and the food and service were fantastic.
There werent as many bars open as what I thought there would be, but it was only a Wednesday night.

2 Thank Gabrielle L
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North Carolina
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“Great Music and Great Food is Hard to Beat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We spent last week in New Orleans and couldn't believe we'd been on and off since 1980 without visiting Frenchman Street. This will become our "new home" while in New Orleans. Had a meal and heard wonderful music at Three Muses, and tried a number of dishes at The Praline Connection...all delicious. We capped the week off by hearing Kermit Ruffins at The Blue Nile on Friday night, what a performer! The crowd consisted of folks in their 20's through their 60's and the one common denominator seemed to be an appreciation for genuine New Orleans "funked up - old school - newjazz - rockabilly - blues." Also enjoyed The Spotted Cat and dba. So glad we found this place...will leave the first five blocks of Bourbon Street to the fratboys and the cover bands...Frenchman Street is absolutely full of first-rate musicians.

Visited January 2013
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