Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Jazz at Snug Harbor Keeps The Good Times Rolling in New Orleans

The different aspects of culture that New Orleans is known for are almost as diverse as the city itself. The brightly colored buildings stimulate the senses as the smell of beignets fills the sidewalks as you journey down the French Quarter.

There is one thing that is impossible to avoid in the city though, and that is the sound. Live jazz music started in New Orleans and can practically be heard anywhere you go, whether that is at a restaurant, in a museum, or on a corner. 

One jazz venue has been around for over 30 years and was hailed as “the classiest jazz club in New Orleans” by the New York Times. This jazz club is called Snug Harbor and is where my family saw The Stanton Moore Trio perform over spring break.

On a recent trip to New Orleans, Rebekah Coble attended the venue.                  

“I’ve never been a big fan of jazz,” said Coble. “But I could definitely appreciate the talent of the musicians. Since New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, hearing it was on my to-do list. Snug Harbor satisfied my craving!”

The venue has both a music room and a dining room with a restaurant that features local cuisine. The music room is a small and has two floors with cabaret style seating.

“It was intimate,” said Ben Charles who has also seen the Stanton Moore Trio perform there. “I liked this because it allowed the band to be responsive to and interact with the crowd.”

The band certainly seemed to be having as much or even more fun than the audience did listening to them.

Carla Knopp said, “I could see the passion that the musicians had and that made me enjoy it even more. I would definitely go back!”

Snug Harbor adds to the vibrant culture of New Orleans. Jazz music is the soul of the city and while you can find it many places, Snug Harbor is a place that is forget.        

Photos by: Richard Thompson 

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