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  • 15. Al Hirt's Club

    Al Hirt's Club


    Formerly Dan's Pier 600, trumpeter and singer Al Hirt took over 501 Bourbon Street, added a revolving stage in the middle of the room, and reopened the place as Al Hirt's Club. Al Hirt was known to some as "Jumbo" and others as the "Round Mound of Sound." The Grammy-winning musician was both admired by his peers as well as the public for his technique and showmanship. Al Hirt would go on to perform at John F. Kennedy's inauguration and for Pope John Paull II during a 1987 visit of his to New Orleans. Among his many lifetime achievements, Al played the theme song for "The Green Hornet, recorded 55 albums, was a minority owner in New Orleans Saints football team, and played the halftime show for the first Super Bowl in 1967. After taking over the club, Al continued to perform regularly. In his absence, the club was headlined by big names like Cannonball Adderly, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lionel Hampton while Al was on tour. In 1983 after 22 years of business, Al closed his club over concerns surrounding the increase of crime in the area. Under new owners and now named Jelly Roll's, Al returned to the club and performed there until his death in 1999. A statue of him is standing at 311 Bourbon Street in Legends Park.