Cafe Rose Nicaud
This little gem located at 632 Frenchmen Street, was named after the slave woman Rose Nicaud who bought her freedom by selling fresh coffee from a cart in the French Market in the early 1800s. Rose eventually saved enough money and opened the first sit down coffee shop in New Orleans. Stop by
and enjoy one of Cafe Rose's delicious drinks, pastries or homemade soups.
Cafe Rose Nicaud on Facebook
The word Lagniappe, pronounced (LAN yap), is a French Creole term commonly used in Louisiana which means "a little something extra, usually given with a purchase." Kind of like the worm at the bottom of a Tequila bottle... but better.
New Birth Brass Band
The New Birth is known for their eclectic mix of blues, gospel, funk, hip hop, rock and traditional Crescent City jazz. Though they haven't put out an album in recent years, their previous releases are definitely worth a listen.
New Birth Brass Band
New Birth on iTunes
Glen David Andrews
Glen David Andrews takes center stage alongside Sonny (Michiel Huisman) and the New Birth Brass Band on "Go to the Mardi Gras", which was written by Professor Longhair. Blending the old with the new, Andrews has made his own unique sound which is causing a lot of people to take notice. Check
out his hot weekly gig on Monday nights at d.b.a.
Glen David Andrews
Glen David Andrews on Myspace
Glen David Andrews on iTunes
Born and raised in the Seventh Ward by his Creole family, which goes back seven generations in Louisiana, John Boutte is as New Orleans as they get. John has won the Best Male Vocalist Award repeatedly at both the Best of the Beat and Big Easy Awards. His extremely catchy tune, "Treme
Song," is the title song for this season of Treme, and John also performs "At the Foot of Canal Street", written by Boutte & Paul Sanchez, with the New Birth Brass Band at Rusty's in Houston.
John Boutte's ;Website
John Boutte on iTunes
Joe Krown also takes the stage with New Birth in Episode 4. Joe is another very well known pianist and is usually seen playing the Hammond B-3 organ. You can find Joe and his group, The Joe Krown Organ Combo, at The Maple Leaf on Sunday nights with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell
Joe Krown on iTunes
Maple Leaf Bar
Apple Barrel Bar
Dubbed as one of Frenchmen's best kept secrets, the cozy little Apple Barrel Bar has live jazz and blues nightly. Its a great place to see live music as is has great acoustics and there is rarely a cover charge. Find the Apple Barrel at 609 Frenchmen Street.
Apple Barrel on Yelp
Who are your top three? Jill Hudson (Danai Gurira), Delmond Lambreaux's (Rob Brown) lady friend, chooses veteran pianist McCoy Tyner; particularly because of his powerful left hand... Tyner has been described as having an "explosively percussive left hand," which has made his piano style one of the
most identifiable in improvised music.
McCoy Tyner on iTunes
Stanley Crouch, one of the NY party attendees, is an outspoken writer and critic. Over the course of his career he has written for many publications such as The Village Voice, New York Daily News, The New Yorker, and Esquire. Though mostly known for writing reviews and essays, Crouch has also
written a novel worth checking out entitled "Don't the Moon Look Lonesome: A Novel in Blues and Swing".
Don't the Moon Look Lonesome on Amazon
Grammy Award winner, Ron Carter, has over 2,000 albums to his credit, making him possibly one of the most recorded jazz bassists in history. He has performed with too many artists to count, ranging from Miles Davis to A Tribe Called Quest. He recently retired from heading the Jazz Program at The
City College of New York after 18 years, and is now on the board of directors for the Harlem Jazz Center. 45 years into his career as a performer, he remains as active as ever.
Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, producer, and critic from Brooklyn, NY whose main focus has been African-American culture. He is also the host of the A-lister party in New York. His earlier works include the bestseller "The Michael Jackson Story", and award winning "Where Did Our Love Go: The
Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound". More recently, he has been involved with several television series on VH1 and HBO, and just last year published his memoir entitled "City Kid".
Originally from Jamaica, Renee rose to fame in the mid 90s as a member of the R&B duo Zhané, best known for their hits "Hey Mr. DJ" and "Groove Thang". Since then, she has worked with many artists, including Roy Hargroves's RH Factor project, which she has toured with extensively.
Renee Neufville on Myspace
After finding much success as a solo recording artist, Jeff Redd has since moved on to the executive side of the music business where he has continued in that success. He is the man responsible for signing Mary J. Blige to her first label, Uptown Records. He then teamed up with MCA Records where
he produced and wrote for artists such as SWV, Bobby Brown, and K-Ci & Jo-Jo, and eventually became the Vice President of A&R. He has been nominated for Grammy, American Music and Billboard Awards and currently runs his own independent record label Sol Real Records, LLC.
Jeff Redd on iTunes
Jeffrey "Tain" Watts
Tain is a multiple Grammy Award winning jazz drummer due to his involvement with both the Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis Quartets. His intense power, speed, style, and mastery of complex rhythms has made him a highly in demand drummer in the jazz world. Find out for yourself why
Modern Drummer Magazine has voted Jeffrey Watts the Best Drummer several times.
The Chambers of Tain
Kenny Anderson, Clifford Robinson & Tigist Selam
You may have spotted several other familiar faces at Nelson's swanky party. Included in these are two NBA stars Kenny Anderson and Clifford Robinson. Anderson got his start with the NBA in 1991 playing for the New Jersey Nets, and also spent a portion of his career as a New Orleans Hornet.
Anderson retired in 2005, playing his final year with the LA Clippers. Robinson got his start with the Portland Trailblazers in 1989 and retired in 2007 finishing his career with the Nets. Tigist Selam is a NY based writer, actress and world traveler who has collaborated with many artists around the globe.
Copeland's, another local operation, is the creation of Al Copeland (also the man behind our beloved Popeye's Chicken). This is the restaurant that Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) takes his sons Alcide (Renwick Scott) and Randall (Sean-Michael Bruno) to for Christmas dinner. Head on down to
Copeland's and try out some of their traditional hometown New Orleans cooking.