A NOLA New Year's

Jazz Oasis

 DSC00416 I spent most of my second night in New Orleans in pursuit of the Crescent City's culinary delights, but did manage to catch a nightcap at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, right in the heart of the French Quarter. Irvin himself usually plays on Wednesdays, but he gave over the podium last night to a crack quartet led by a clarinetist playing standards like "A Night In Tunisia" and "My Funny Valentine." It was a welcome oasis from the bedlam outside on Bourbon Street, amplified to near-Mardi Gras levels this week with folks in town for both New Year's Eve and the Sugar Bowl. Best part of all: there's no cover, and you can stay as long as you like. (More pics below.)
DSC00422 DSC00417