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Brass bands and bubbly


  There's a new spot for jazz brunch at an old address for jazz history. The Little Gem Saloon (445 S. Rampart St., 504-267-4863;, the combination restaurant/bar/music venue, has added Sunday brunch service with brass bands performing each week.

  The buffet-style brunch and show costs $35 (drinks are extra) and features dishes in step with chef Robert Bruce's Creole menus at lunch and dinner. Oxtail stew, broiled fish and roasted quail are on the buffet, and diners can visit the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for $15 or enjoy bottomless sparkling wine for $12. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

  The Little Gem Saloon opened in January, returning to commerce a building that had been blighted for years. It's one of the few remaining structures from what had been an important hub of business and entertainment during the early 1900s as jazz was first developing in the city.

  The Little Gem Saloon serves lunch and dinner daily. It hosts a piano happy hour (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) on weekdays and jazz bands Wednesday through Saturday.

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