This Uptown club at 501 Napoleon and the corner of Tchoupitoulas went by “the 501 Club” (after its street address) before being renamed after the classic song that has become a staple of New Orleans music, “Tipitina.” It was composed by Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, who performed at the club. He is also the namesake of the concert series held here during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fess Jazztival, after Longhair’s nickname, Fess.
Tipitina’s has long been the place to go to see many of the biggest acts visiting New Orleans—the Neville Brothers, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Phish are among many groups to have recorded live albums here. “This is where I go to paint many of the bigger bands that play here,” says Frenchy. “During Mardi Gras when the music goes all night, I’m often working till sunrise.”
—Randy “Frenchy” Frechette
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