New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood has long been known as the cradle of jazz. Several music clubs used to exist within its boundaries, however all have been closed in the last ten years due to various reasons. Local entrepreneurs, neighborhood leaders and real estate developers, Naydja and Adolph Bynum, of Doby Properties, LLC, are trying to bring live music back to Tremé by opening a restaurant that would allow live music in the location of the former Tremé Music Hall (1601 Ursulines Avenue, corner of N. Robertson St.).
This building has a lot of musical history; once a grocery store and bar, owned back in the 1950's by the famous Creole clarinetist Alphonse Picou (1898 - 1961), who was a member of Eureka and Tuxedo Brass Bands and whose clarinet solo on the song "High Society" is known and replicated all over the world. Picou's Second Line funeral was one of the largest the city has ever seen. The building is being renovated by the Bynums and will be placqued this year by the Preservation Resource Center in Picou's honor.
As the Treme Music Hall it was the location where the 6th Ward Sidewalk Steppers held their meetings and the Black Men of Labor met and started their Second Line parades. Due to lack of use, the building lost the commercial zoning required to open a restaurant that would allow live music.
The Bynums are in the early stages of planning and are seeking community input. The vision is to have a delicious New Orleans style experience that serves the community in an environment with historical pictures, artifacts and information letting those who enter know that this is Tremé.
Please sign this petition in support of the zoning change that will bring the music back to Tremé!