• Gavin

    Hi from Scotland. I went to a night at The Dew Drop during Jazzfest (97 I think) and it was such a great night. It was a thrill to be inside the famous Dew Drop Inn.
    At first we couldn’t get a cab to take us there. One driver stopped his cab and asked us to get out! We then got a non-native driver to take us but he had a helluva time finding the place.
    The entertainment was brilliant – Wolfman, one of the Indian Tribes (can’t remember which), female impersonators, the lot.
    At the end, there was a scramble for cabs to get home and away from the large crowd watching us from the Projects on the other side of the street.
    I really hope y’all manage to get that fine establishment back up and running.

  • Lisa Fernandez Richard

    In the mid-fifties our father John A. Fernandez was the first to create the Big Band Orchestra at the Dew Drop Inn.” He was an accomplished trumpeter, composer and arranger from the Treme Area. He would also tour with Ray Charles Band for a 10 Day Gig. He would gig with the likes of Fats’ Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Edgar Blanchard Band, the Gondoliers Band, Tommy Ridgley Band, Allen Toussaint, Kidd Jordan, Charley Burbank, Ellis Marsalis, Eddie Bo and so many more.
    If I may put in a request……this would be my hope
    When the “Dew Drop Inn” come back on line a suggestion, if the Xavier University Music students in the 70’s where our father taught fusion, contemporary, modern day Jazz would do a rendition for my father…..Big Al Carson, Tracy Griffin, Joseph Saulsberry, Claude Mc Knighten, Chuck Turner, Pierre(Saxophonist) , Frank Nicotera, Rev. Richard Thomas, Cheryl Ford and sister, Dr. White, Lester Wilson and others who attended Xavier under his tutelage. The Marsalis Family always……
    Because New Orleans was critically ground zero for Jazz being professed around the world in our own unique way we have pretty much dropped the baton.
    It is a time for everything but Jazz soothes the soul and puts you back in a rhythmic vibe……some peace, harmony and love