Just a quick post to talk about a great experience I had the other night.
As you may know, Fritzel’s on Bourbon St. is one of the best places to hear jazz in the city. Less widely known is that they have a more intimate upstairs space and on a recent Friday night, I got to see the Loose Marbles play there.
The Loose Marbles are much as their name implies: a loose collection of jazz musicians from the city who get together to play. The membership is fluid but, you’d recognize a number of musicians from other New Orleans bands. On this night one of the notables was John Dixon from the Shotgun Jazz Band.
To say they played a few sets over states it. This is more relaxed. They sell some CD’s, they put out a tip jar but, it’s more like some musicians friends coming together to just play, taking occasional breaks. The acoustics and atmosphere of the upstairs room at Fritzels – high ceilings (interestingly painted) and old world architectural details – are perfect for this kind of session. It wasn’t crowded and there’s a small bar up there to keep things lubricated. You can even access the balcony over looking Bourbon St..
If you get the chance, you should check it out.