The club is capitalizing on its non-Bourbon Street location by offering next door parking and enhanced by the increasingly popular Canal Street streetcar stops at the club’s front door. The venue is readily accessible from I-10 and the expanding commercial interest in the area of Canal Street between Rampart and Claiborne. In addition, this area (approx 1 mile west of The French Quarter) is witnessing a real estate boom, partially due to the recent expansion of New Orleans’ historic streetcar line.
Essentially, this may be the best looking jazz space in the South. With brass railings, tiered seating and huge plate glass windows providing a view of a passing parade of stopping streetcars and ambulances on their way to Charity Hospital, the feel is as much Chicago as it is New Orleans. It's no wonder the movie location people have been eyeballing the place and it's likely that one of these days you might see yourself in a film shot here. Great sound system, good bandstand, first-rate piano, it's been put together by people who care about the music and the musicians. So comfortable, you seldom see folks stay for just one set. The affordable drink prices and a bar staff that knows how to serve the public and mix a good drink may be one reason. But really good New Orleans jazz, the stuff that came from New Orleans and went on to New York and Chicago and globally, is what you'll hear every night! It's the real thing as a well-known soda pop outfit likes to say. Beyond that, the club intends on bringing back the caliber of New Orleans entertainment both Orleanian’s and visitors were accustomed to visiting in the days of Al Hirt and Pete Fountain.
Located at 1732 Canal St. at Claiborne Ave. on the ground floor level of the New Orleans Grand Palace Hotel, the club begins initial operations on a Tuesday to Sunday schedule with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band performing on Tuesdays and Fridays and Jack Maheu’s Grand Palace Jazz Band playing Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday. Consequently, Heritage Hall Band leadership alternates between Gregg Stafford and Leroy Jones.
Performance times are 8:00 PM to 12 midnight and a no-cover admission policy will remain intact, excluding when special guest stars are announced.
The Grand Palace Jazz Band is the successor to the great bands that Jack Maheu has pre¬sented through the years, most memorably the Salt City Six which achieved legendary status spanning twenty-five years while performing at some of America's great jazz venues. Subsequently, he was featured with Jack Teagarden, Wild Bill Davison, Muggsy Spanier, Eddie Condon and Al Hirt.
The HERITAGE HALL JAZZ BAND is proud to celebrate its three decades of presenting world-wide, and authentic traditional New Orleans jazz with an all-star complement of famous New Orleans musicians. The Heritage Hall Jazz Band has played for princes, presidents, and just plain folks, thrilling audiences wher¬ever they appear. On tour, the band has been a smash at such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, the JVC New York Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, The Spoletto Festival, Hollywood Bowl and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Internationally, the ensemble has appeared at such venues as the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France, Mexico City's International Jazz Festival and twice for HRH Prince Rainier of Monaco.