TONIGHT: We continue our tradition of honoring the legacy of our late piano patriarch and jazz luminary, Ellis Marsalis Jr. each Friday, as that is the night of the week that Ellis held court for his local residency nearly every week here at Snug Harbor for over 30 years. So on Fridays we host bandleaders and special guests who were longtime collaborators with Ellis, as well as the music of his accomplished sons.
One of these artists, is the inimitable and influential vocalist, Ms. Germaine Bazzle:
Known in New Orleans as the “First Lady of Jazz,” Germaine Bazzle has been under-recognized nationally and internationally throughout her career. Having taught music appreciation class in schools across the region for 50 years, she is one of the true unsung legends of the Birthplace of Jazz as both a performing artist and a youth choir instructor.
Many have said that if it weren’t for her dedication to teaching music to students, she would be enjoying global acclaim as an in-demand touring artist. During the 1990s, Germaine received four Gambit Weekly “Big Easy Music Awards” and two OffBeat Magazine “Best of the Beat Awards” for Best Vocalist, and then the 2015 OffBeat Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement Award for Music Education.
You might have to do some digging to glean much of her discography, as she appears mostly as a featured vocalist on compilations and with various collaboration bands such as with Alvin “Red” Tyler and Johnny Adams, as well as “New New Orleans Music: Vocal Jazz,” but she does have a few recordings of her own, including 1996’s “Standing Ovation” and notably her most recent live album “Swingin’ at Snug” – recorded live at our place in 2017.
Bazzle’s unparalleled range as a vocalist is perhaps one of New Orleans’ best kept secrets. Her command of tone and melody coupled with her brilliance in the manipulation of her own vocal timbre during a solo are nothing short of spectacular, while her true gift is her ability to render a lyric. To experience her live is an unforgettable moment, and a national treasure.
Tonight, she performs with one of her longtime musical director’s trio, featuring:
Germaine Bazzle – vocals
Larry Sieberth – piano
Peter Harris – bass
Herlin Riley – drums
Derek Douget – saxophones
Shows at 9pm & 11pm.
Doors Open at 8:00pm & 10:30pm.
Restaurant is Open 6pm – 11pm for dinner before or after your showtime.
Advance Ticket-Holders can also make table reservations for dinner by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the club at 504-949-0696 between 2pm – 8pm, Thurs-Sun, after your tickets have been purchased online. All dinner table reservations must be attached to advance concert tickets. Full Bar Open 6pm – Midnight for all on show nights, with out without tickets.
Kind Reminder: Snug Harbor does not serve food inside the Music Room. In order to preserve the integrity, quiet and focus of our world class intimate concerts, only cocktails and soft drinks are available for table service inside the Music Room. However, we encourage you to arrive 90 Minutes prior to your showtime in order to enjoy full, relaxing dinner service in the Dining Room right next door, before getting seated in the Music Room for the show. 9pm ticket holders can also enjoy dinner, dessert or appetizers after the show, with Dining Room seating only guaranteed by submitting your table request before 9pm.
As announced by the City of New Orleans, as of March 24th, Snug Harbor is no longer requiring valid proof of Covid vaccination or negative test for entry, and while masks are still suggested while not eating or drinking indoors, they are now optional for all.
However, with our intimate venue’s regularly limited seating capacity, advance tickets are still strongly suggested, especially during Jazz Fest!