Jazz Kitchens in Your Kitchen

Jazz Kitchens has five different locations (Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS; Columbia, MO; Lubbock, TX; and Omaha, NE), and although we are happy with our five different locations, we know that we are not able to reach all of the Creole lovin’ folks out there—so thankfully we have an online store to fix that! Whether you stopped by one of our locations and loved what you had, used to stop by one of our locations and have moved far away, or have a friend who would love our flavors—we are able to ship three different products to their homes! Listed below are the different products available, and a little breakdown of each of them.

Cajun Mary Mix

We like classic Bloody Mary’s, but we love Bloody Mary’s made with our signature Cajun mix (which is only $6!). You can never go wrong with spice, and we knew a that classic Bloody Mary just fell flat. Now that you can have this mix at your house, you are bound to be the best place for friends and family to gather for a Sunday brunch, or any other time you want one—we aren’t here to judge, we’re just here to supply a mix that is going to take your flavors up a notch.

Cajun Mary Mix

Cajun Mary Mix


Voodoo Juice

Voodoo Juice

We put this juice on literally everything—we can’t get enough of it! And for only $3 a bottle, you can afford to put this on everything too! At our restaurant locations, we have it on all the tables—and now you can have it on your table at home! We love putting it on: eggs, chicken, and definitely any Cajun food you like to cook at home, but we recommend putting it on anything and everything.

Bon Ton Cajun Seasoning

This seasoning, for only $4, brings amazing heat and flavor to any meat—chicken, steak, shrimp, and all types of fish, to just name a few. We hate flavorless meat, and we know you don’t want to eat that or share that with friends and family. This seasoning will save you from flavorless meals forever! We use this seasoning in-house, and we want you to be able to have our flavors at your home, especially if you can’t stop by one of our five locations.

Finally you can have the flavors from our kitchen in your kitchen, and we know you will not be disappointed. These three options can always be found on our website store!

Menu Minus Gluten

Here at Jazz Kitchens we like to say “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” or simply put, “Let the Good Times Roll!” and we want to continue to live up to that. Letting the good times roll can be hard for someone that is gluten free. At all Jazz Kitchens we want the good times to roll no matter what for our customer’s. That is why we have an entire menu just for our gluten free friends! Below it will break down the menu, and some of our favorite options. Because no matter who you are, and what you eat, you are bound to let the good times roll at Jazz Kitchens.


Not so surprising, these options are grilled! No matter what option you choose, you’re going to get a side of either mixed veggies or succotash (translation: corn and lima beans cooked together). One of our favorite dishes is the grilled chicken pontchatrain. This grilled chicken is amazing because it is doused in shrimp sautéed in tequila, lime and Alfredo sauce—honestly what more could you ask for? On a bed of rice? Sure, we have that too—no problem, and even your choice of vegetable.


Again, this section speaks for itself—but the flavors and options are to die for. One of our favorites in the “Sautéed F’Sure” category is our Shrimp Creole. The shrimp are sautéed with tomatoes, peppers, onion, celery, and you guessed it—classic Cajun spices. You might need a drink with it to cool your mouth off—we have you covered when it comes to that to. We have: Pepsi products, iced tea, sweet tea, and coffee—or ask your server for more options!


Now this is where it gets tricky for our gluten-free friends at Jazz Kitchens—pasta is filled with gluten! All of our Voodoo Pasta dishes avoid this since they are made with brown rice noodles. We have eight different gluten free pastas, but our favorite has got to be the Shrimp Czarina. Beautifully plump shrimp and julienned veggies are sautéed in a zesty cream sauce. The cream sauce might be a little off putting—this dish is “hawt, hawt, hawt” as we like to say at Jazz Kitchens! You’ll probably need something to cool your mouth off!

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Last, but certainly not least, is our blackened dishes section. No matter what you choose, you’re going to be getting some delicious dirty rice, new potatoes, and a choice of veggie! Out of our seven different options for blackened dishes, a good one to try out is the blackened tuna czarina. This dish contains an amazing piece of yellowfin tuna, seared to perfection, and then topped with our deliciously zesty czarina Alfredo sauce—this is one dish that is not to be missed!

Our goal at our five different locations is to offer the tastes, sights, and sounds of New Orleans cuisine without having to actually go there—and we want that for everyone! Because of this, we created an entire menu that is gluten free. We not only care about what we serve, we care about how we serve it—so please tell us if there are any other dietary issues (i.e. allergies, intolerances). We made sure that when we removed the gluten from these dishes we did not remove the love, fun, or flavor.

Check us out on social media to follow along and get an inside look at Jazz Kitchens! We are active on Facebook (account varies by location), Twitter (account varies by location), and Instagram! We hope to see you soon to let the good times roll!


What’s on the Menu at Jazz Kitchen

What’s on the Menu at Jazz Kitchen

Lese Les Bon Temps Roule! That’s not just the motto in New Orleans, it’s our motto too! One look at our menu and you can see we’ve captured true Cajun food and culture and brought it to Omaha, Kansas City, Columbia and Lubbock. That includes the unique speech patterns and particular phrases. We’ll teach you “How ta Tawk Rite” while feeding you the best Cajun food you can get and entertaining you with live music. Check out a few of our favorite menu items.

Krab Cakes A La Mer

Emphasis on the crab here. We fry them until they’re golden brown top them with shrimp and more crab in the form of crab parmesan cream sauce. It’s one of our most popular Jazzy Appetizers on the menu.


This is a must on any Cajun menu. We make ours with andouille sausage, beef tenderloin and Tasso. Pile in some dirty rice and slow cook it all with a tomato cream sauce. Outside of N’Awlins, you’re not going to find Jambalaya like this anywhere but Jazz Kitchen.


Straight from the Sicilians in New Orleans this sandwich combines great Italian meats with the Cajun Po’boy. Piles of turkey, ham, and Genoa salami are topped with Jack cheese and olive tapainade. Our Cajun coleslaw and Hushpuppies complete the meal in true New Orleans fashion.

Papa Vic’s Pasta

Do you know what the Trinity is? In Cajun cooking, it’s bell peppers, celery and onions. Added to our Chicken Alfredo with mushrooms, you’ve got a complete meal on just one plate. Clear your plate and make Papa Vic happy you ate your veggies.

Alligator Bites

Outside of Cajun country, you won’t find this delicacy, unless you come to any of Jazz Kitchen’s five locations. We serve ours with tartar sauce and Hazel dressing. It’s one of our signature dishes, so make sure to try some while you’re here.

When you come to Jazz Kitchen in Kansas City, Omaha, Lubbock or Columbia, make sure you bring your appetite. Our menu is chock full of amazing Cajun food you won’t find anywhere else outside of N’Awlins.

Jazz Greats: Miles Davis

Jazz Greats: Miles Davis

Born and raised in Illinois, Miles Davis is one of the most influential and best known jazz musicians of the 20th century. Although he enrolled at Juilliard, he left his studies to join Charlie Parker’s bepop quintet as a saxophonist. Soon after, he recorded the ground breaking album, “Birth of Cool” which was key to the development of cool jazz.

His nine-person group, the Miles Davis Nonet, featured an unusual instrumental line up with a French horn and tuba along with the more traditional jazz instruments. Their goal was to sound more like the human voice. They played carefully arranged works and emphasized a relaxed, melodic approach.

Soon after his efforts with the Nonet to bring about cool jazz, Davis struggled with heroin addiction, which he eventually beat. This lead to a period of moodiness and withdrawal. His iconic raspy, whisper tone wasn’t heard before this point. After an operation to remove polyps from his larynx, he was told not to speak while he recovered. Instead, he got into an argument and raised his voice, permanently damaging his vocal chords.

Amazingly, this new “prince of darkness” persona suited him well and his career exploded. He continued to struggle with drug addictions and missed several playing years as a result. When he came back to the world of jazz, he struggled to regain the proper mouth position for trumpet.

Much of his later work isn’t as well regarded as his earlier musical stylings. However, his career served to influence generations of jazz musicians and his music is still popular today. He was buried near his idol Duke Ellington.

Come hear recordings of Miles Davis and many other jazz greats at Jazz Kitchen. Our locations in Columbia, MO, Lubbock, TX, Kansas City, KS, Kansas City, MO and Omaha, NE have great jazz tunes on to enhance the fabulous Cajun food. Come join the party.

Jazz Greats: Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz Greats: Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie, born John Birks Gillespie, was maybe most well-known for his chipmunk cheeks and amazing trumpet skills. His trumpet playing was complex and his light-hearted personality made him a favorite band leader among his contemporaries.

His Jazz Roots

Dizzy was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, the youngest of nine children. His father was a local bandleader, giving all the children access to instruments at a young age. Dizzy himself began playing the piano at age four. Dizzy’s father died when Dizzy was just 10. He seemed to lose himself in music and taught himself both trombone and trumpet by age 12.

Early in his career, Dizzy Gillespie had the opportunity to play with Cab Calloway and other Jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Dorsey. Those early years opened doors for him. He joined the Earl Hines Band and then worked with Billy Eckstine.

The Father of Bebop

Working with the great jazz musicians early in his career, a new vocabulary of musical phrases was created. Bepop, now thought of as the first modern jazz style, was not popular at first. As an outgrowth of swing, it was first pushed aside. Accidents along the way also contributed to Dizzy’s playing and the growth of the distinct style. A traffic collision left him unable to hit the B-flat above the high C. At a party for his wife, the bell on his trumpet got bent upward. This became so iconic that he had a special instrument made with the bell tilted 45 degrees.

Afro-Cuban Music

Gillespie also worked with many Latin musicians at the time to combine their distinct salsa sound with Bebop and create Afro-Cuban jazz. The unique sound drew people to dance and party. It’s this feeling that we now capture with our food and ambiance at Jazz Kitchen.

The Legacy

Gillespie’s music is still popular to this day. He forever changed the sound of jazz. We’re proud to carry on the fun tradition he started at all five of our Jazz Kitchen locations.

Jazz Greats : Louis Armstrong

Jazz Greats : Louis Armstrong

Every music genre has the “greats.” The few musicians whose work will transcend time and become virtually synonymous with the genre itself. For jazz, one of the greats is Louis Armstrong. At Jazz Kitchen, we’d like to take a moment to recognize Louis, his mad skills on the trumpet and all he did to bring jazz music to the mainstream.


Louis Armstrong’s skills on the trumpet are quite well known, but his skills didn’t stop there. For more than 50 years his iconic gravelly voice brought jazz through its many evolutions. Some of his most memorable songs were ones he wrote himself. His charismatic stage presence opened jazz up across the color divide that existed at the time. He used this social acceptance to make a stand for desegregation and human rights.

Humble Beginnings

Contrary to popular myth, Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, not July 4, 1900. He was the grandson of slaves and born to a poor Louisiana family. At a young age, his parents abandoned him and his sister to the care of other relatives. At eleven, he dropped out of school and joined an all boys choir singing on the streets for money.

After being sent to the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs several times for delinquency, he joined their band and honed his coronet playing skills.

The Career

From such humble beginnings, Louis Armstrong, who’d later become known as Satchmo, took his playing and performing skills to the Mississippi River where he played on tour boats up and down the river. His musicianship matured and expanded during this time.

After getting married, Satchmo gave up the riverboat scene and began growing his career in clubs in Chicago and New York. Eventually, he and his fourth wife settled in Queens. He made scat famous and was the first jazz musician to appear on the cover of Time Magazine.

While we can’t bring you Louis himself, each of our five locations is proud to share the jazz stylings he made famous with you. Our live musicians put their own spin on it, but it all started with Satchmo. Please join us at Jazz Kitchen for great food and great music.

Eating at Jazz is More Than Good Food

Eating at Jazz is More Than Good Food

Jazz Kitchen is a restaurant. It goes without saying that means we’re about food. What’s different about Jazz from other restaurants is that we’re about more than food. We’re about music, people and celebrations. We take our role of providing food with love, care and joy seriously. It’s our passion and our calling. You can experience the Jazz Kitchen touch at any of our five locations: Columbia, MO; Lubbock, TX; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE.

Live Music

Many eateries offer live music once or twice a week. The Jazz difference is that it’s more frequent. And we don’t bring in inexperienced talent. We scour the local music scene in each of the five cities where we have restaurants and find the most popular R&B, blues and Jazz musicians. We bring them in to play for you as part of your dining experience.


Restaurants are about any number of people. You, our customer, comes first. But we know that in order to have happy customers, we have to have happy employees. We treat our front and back of restaurant staff with respect, compassion and dignity. We want them to join you in the celebratory feel that’s prominent in all our restaurants.


The celebrations aren’t confined to the walls of our restaurants. We cater your events too! The food we bring to your event adds to the joy and excitement. Every celebration needs great food and great atmosphere. Whether you celebrate in-house with us or have us bring the celebration to you with our catering services, you’re sure to have an excellent time and dine on amazing Cajun food.

When you’re in the mood for a good time, good food and good company, join us at Jazz Kitchen. We’ll treat you like family and send you home full, satisfied and pleasantly tired from the excitement.

Cajun Catering for Your Event

Cajun Catering for Your Event

Event planners know that every event is more fun with food. Whether it’s a small backyard party, a wedding or major city event as big as Mardi Gras, guests will have a much more enjoyable time with delicious food from a Cajun catering company filling their bellies.

Bon Temps Catering

Jazz Kitchen’s catering company, Bon Temps Catering, brings the same high-quality, tasty food from our menu to any event you have planned. The soul-ful Cajun food options are sure to please your guests’ taste buds. And because Cajun food is more than food, it’s an experience, our catered dishes will add to the entire atmosphere for the day.

Cajun Wedding – No Problem

With Bon Temps Catering, you don’t have to be in Louisiana to have a full-on Cajun party for your wedding. Whether it’s an intimate affair or party the size of Texas, Jazz’s fabulous food will make the day memorable for you and your guests. What better way to start off your marriage than with some spicy soul food? We can’t think of any!

Office Party Catering

Christmas isn’t the only time for an office party. Spring and summer are also a great time to show your employees you appreciate them. Missouri has many amazing outdoor locations. We’re happy to cater your office event indoors or out. The fabulous spice will impress your employees and they’ll go home feeling like what they do truly matters to you.

Bringing the Seafood Boil to You

Think you can’t have great seafood in Kansas? Think again! Bon Temps Catering by Jazz brings the seafood boil to your event, coastline not required. Your guests will be amazed at the flavor and quality – they’re sure to come back for more. Promote your business or thank your employees or donors with a Cajun seafood meal they’ll never forget.

No matter the event type or size, our soul food is sure to have your guests happy and full. We offer gluten free options as well. Contact us today to plan your next catered event.

Billy Ebeling Performs Live in Kansas City, KS

Billy Ebeling Performs Live in Kansas City, KS

A fabulous voice and an accordion make Billy Ebeling stand out from the crowd. He’s been a full-time performer since the 1980s and has traveled the world bringing his take on Blues to the masses. He now makes the Kansas City, KS area his home. With his harmonica and his own lyrics, Billy fits right in with the Cajun atmosphere of JAZZ Kitchen!

Lives Blues with Your Cajun Dinner

At Jazz Kitchen, we know food is more than sustenance, it’s an experience. We aim to enhance your dining experience with live music. On April 27, 2017 come enjoy the sweet stylings of Billy Ebeling from 6pm to 9pm. You may have been lucky enough to catch him when he played for our diners on April 2 or April 13. If so, you know what a special time it is. Bring your friends and come ready to enjoy a fun night out.

The Late for Dinner Band

In addition to solo performances, Billy plays with the Late for Dinner Band. It’s a show you won’t want to miss! You can catch Billy Ebeling and the band at JAZZ in Kansas City, KS on April 25, 26 and 28. Billy’s been voted the PMA “Best Blues Band in Kansas City.” All you need to do see them perform is enjoy a Cajun meal with us.

What to Eat During the Show

We’ve got an extensive menu of delectable Cajun food – even a gluten free menu! Every item on our menu is perfect for a night of Blues with Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band. But don’t you be late for dinner or you’ll miss the show! And feel free to bring your kids, we’ve got a special menu just for them. You might be surprised to see how much they love Blues.

We can’t wait to feed you and share fabulous Blues Music with you.

Bring the Taste of JAZZ Kitchen Cajun Home

Bring the Taste of JAZZ Kitchen Cajun Home

We’ve got five tasty locations: Columbia, MO; Lubbock, TX; Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS; and Omaha, NE. We want everyone in those great areas to come try our food and experience our music in person. But if you can’t get there as often as you’d like, or if you’ve only been through on a business trip or family vacation, we’ve got a way for you to bring our amazing Cajun flavors to your home dining table. Check out the three great spices we’ll ship to you!

Cajun Mary Mix

Hot sauce is one of the hallmarks of ideal Cajun cuisine. Our Cajun Mary Mix has the perfect balance of hot and tangy. It’ll have you tapping your feet and singing along with whatever music you put on for your at-home dining. At just $6 a bottle, get several so you can Cajun up every dish you make!

Voodoo Juice

Just like it sounds, Voodoo juice will put a spell on your food – and you! A Cajun spell that keeps you coming back to the stock pot for more. Everyone in your house will be members of the clean plate club with the spicy sweet flavors in one of our favorite hot sauce mixes. It’s hard to believe we’re only asking $3 a bottle for this authentic Cajun flavoring.

Bon Ton Cajun Seasoning

No Cajun cabinet is complete without a dry rub. It’s a must for chicken and other dishes. Our Bon Ton Cajun Seasoning is the perfect addition to your Cajun flavor selections. Try it instead of salt on your table, too. Your family will swoon over the rich, hot flavors. Believe it or not, we’re only asking $4 for a shaker bottle! Wow!

We hope everyone will have the chance to try our authentic Cajun cuisine, but we know our five locations don’t reach every state that craves that spicy food. If you can’t come see us in person, give our sauces and seasonings a try.

Steve Lovett Solo Blues Coming to Omaha

Steve Lovett Solo Blues Coming to Omaha

Blues and Jazz are closely related music genres. They both move your soul and your feet. They speak to our deepest emotions in the way other music genres don’t. At JAZZ Kitchens in Omaha, we love bringing live artists to play for our diners. On April 6, we’re pleased to welcome Steve Lovett performing solo from 6pm to 9pm!

Hear Steve Lovett at JAZZ Kitchen in Omaha

Steve Lovett grew up in South Dakota. He’s been an active member of the Omaha blues scene since 2001. Lovett credits blues legend Scotty Spenser with teaching him everything he knows about slide guitar, harmonic and the blues. In fact, Lovett’s first on stage performance was in the 1990s in Phoenix backing up Scotty.

Match the Food to the Music

Our Omaha restaurant is about more than music. We are a restaurant after all! When you join us to see Steve Lovett solo, you’ll also get to eat some amazing food off our versatile creole menu. We even offer gluten free selections!

Arrive early so you get great seats for the show! Sip your drinks, savor your food. Make this a night on the town you’ll enjoy. JAZZ Kitchen knows Cajun food isn’t just about sustenance. Food is meant to be an experience shared with loved ones. Eating while enjoying the blues tunes from Steve Lovett is a great food-centered experience you can enjoy with friends and family in Omaha.

Leave Happy

When you join us to see Steve Lovett solo at JAZZ Kitchen in Omaha, you’ll leave with a smile on your face and your toes tapping. And that’s our goal every time you dine with us! Great food, a fun time and to be treated like family! A meal shared is a meal enjoyed. Come share a meal with us (and Steve Lovett) on April 6. It’s a great way to start your weekend and a great experience to share around the office water cooler.

Good Times Roll at The Crawfish Bowl in Kansas City

Good Times Roll at The Crawfish Bowl in Kansas City

When you think Cajun food, you think Crawfish. The shellfish has been a part of the New Orleans jazz scene since it began. JAZZ Kitchen in Kansas City, MO will be celebrating this versatile seafood on Saturday April 8 from 12:30 – 9:30. C’mon down and eat some crawfish with us in a party atmosphere!

What Are Crawfish?

Crawfish are also often called crayfish, crawdads, freshwater lobster, mountain lobsters, mudbugs or yabbies. Although they’re related to lobsters, crawfish live in freshwater rather than the ocean. It may come as no surprise that Louisiana supplies 95% of the crawfish eaten in the United States.

How are Crawfish Eaten

Similar to shrimp and other crustaceans, when eaten as the major protein in dishes like soups, only the meatier portions of the shellfish are consumed – typically the tail. Events like the Crawfish Bowl in Kansas City are considered “crawfish boils.” These are social events with the crawfish as the headliner. At meals like this, the entire crawfish is presented and sections such as the claws are also eaten, often with potatoes and corn.

Where Can I Get Crawfish Near Me?

That’s easy! In Kansas City, MO JAZZ is the place to be for crawfish. If you can’t join use on April 8 for the crawfish boil, stop in anytime to try the crawfish on our menu. You’ll feel like you warped to New Orleans.

What to Expect at the Crawfish Boil

In essence, the crawfish boil is a big party. We’ll be celebrating and providing amazing New Orleans Cajun style food. Partying and good times are a given, just like they are at Mardi Gras. Well, maybe we won’t have the floats or parades, but we promise there will be good times and a party atmosphere.

Come join us at JAZZ 1823 West 39th Street in Kansas City on April 8 to experience a crawfish boil worthy of New Orleans. See you there!

The Food – Music Connection

The Food – Music Connection

Gatherings, events and celebrations of all kinds have two things in common – food and music. There’s good reason for that. Food and music both make people feel good. They both act on the soul, the heart and the brain to set a mood and create an experience. Combined, food and music act on all the senses and make truly memorable occasion.


Flavor is deeply connected to a sense of enjoyment. When you think about your favorite food, your mouth starts watering in anticipation. And you can probably remember a great meal you had as well as when, where and other situational aspects surrounding it.


The sense of smell is deeply connected to memory. Different scents can cause us to recall a wonderful moment. For example, the smell of bread baking may remind you of childhood moments spent in the kitchen with your mother.


Music and other sounds evoke emotional responses, even when they don’t have words. A great classical piece can make you feel sad or elated simply with the strains of notes. Likewise, Jazz can make you want to get up and dance or tap your feet in your seat.


Our bodies associate movement with experiences. This is why you can develop muscle memory for playing an instrument, typing or athletic activities. When you get up and dance at any of our Jazz Kitchen locations your body will associate it with fun.


Watching others have fun inspires you to have fun too. It can be anything from watching kids playing to watching one of our Jazz bands improvise and groove to the rhythms. Your heart feels lighter simply watching these things.

At Jazz Kitchen, we’re proud to provide fun for all your senses through food and music. We understand the importance of the food – music connection to the soul, brain and body and use it to provide you with an exceptional night out.

Why Everyone Loves Cajun

Why Everyone Loves Cajun

Cajun food has a rich tradition in Louisiana and here at Jazz Kitchen in New York. The party atmosphere associated with Cajun food is only one reason. There’s so much to love about Cajun cuisine it’s no surprise that it’s so popular all across the country.


Every cuisine has its own unique flavors. With Cajun, it’s a fabulous spice blend that’s a party in your mouth. It’s more than just heat. It’s a complex blend that tingles and tempts all your taste buds. It’ll make you want to get up and dance to the amazing Jazz music we have playing every day in our restaurants – even if you don’t know tap or jazz style dance.

Unique Dishes

Gumbo is one of the most well-known Cajun dishes. What makes it so tasty is the unique combination of ingredients. Okra is commonly used as are many other amazing ingredients such as shrimp and chicken. Rice is also commonly used to create a thick, stick-to-your bones dish. The rich and hearty foods warm body and soul.

Local Food

One of the hallmarks of Cajun cuisine is an emphasis on using ingredients that are locally available. Since the Cajun tradition in the U.S. began in the south, “local” food in Cajun has become synonymous with food native to the south like okra and catfish. However, Cajun lovers who wish to support their local farmers can enjoy the spice with any regionally appropriate ingredients and be comfortable they’re supporting the roots of Cajun cuisine.

With such amazing flavors and traditions, it’s no wonder everyone loves Cajun food. We sure do! Stop by any of our New York locations the next time you’re wondering “where can I get Cajun food near me.” We promise you’ll love the party Jazz atmosphere and the delectable Cajun cuisine.

The Holy Trinity of Cajun Cuisine

The Holy Trinity of Cajun Cuisine

At Jazz Kitchen, we’re all about Cajun and creole food. This rustic style of cooking was brought to the Acadiana region of Louisiana by the French speaking people of Acadia Canada when they were deported by the British. This style of cooking is more than sustenance – it’s an event.

Three-Pot Affair

Traditionally, a Cajun meal is a three-pot meal. One pot is dedicated to the main dish. Another pot is used to house rice and sausage or seafood. And the third pot contains local vegetables. Notice the word local. One of the hallmarks of Cajun and creole food is that it’s rustic and local. That means using local vegetables and other food supplies.

Holy Trinity of Vegetables

Aromatic vegetables are key to any creole meal. Most chefs consider green bell peppers, onion, and celery to be the holy trinity of aromatic vegetables. They’re diced roughly and blended together during the cooking process. In the US, Cajun chefs may also include parsley, bay leaves, green onions, cayenne pepper, or black pepper in the aromatic blend.

Popular Cajun Dishes

We’re pleased to have many of these amazing Cajun dishes on our menu. They’re popular across America.


This pork sausage is spicy. What sets it apart is the all-natural casing that makes it softer than other sausage varieties.


Contrary to popular belief, gumbo is not simply “everything in a pot.” Instead, it’s a specific type of thick soup with okra as the primary ingredient. The Creole culture in Louisiana makes this classic dish with chicken or andouille sausage as the protein.


As the name sounds, this dish is fun! The only certainty is that jambalaya has rice, meat, and seafood. Everything else is added based on local availability and chef’s choice.

Stop by any of our amazing Jazz Kitchen locations to try these amazing Cajun and Creole dishes. Let us know which one is your favorite.

Jazz 101: The Trombone

Jazz 101: The Trombone

No Jazz band would be complete without the trombone. Just like the trumpet, the trombone is a brass instrument with a bell on one end. Notes are changed by using the slide and a mute further changes the character of the instrument.

History of the Trombone

The trombone, also known as a bone, was made famous by the Duke of Burgundy who enjoyed the instrument as part of a dance band in his court. The trombone was first used independently in 1807 by composer Joachim Nicolas Eggert in his Symphony in E Flat, however Beethoven is typically credited with the trombone’s introduction. He used it in the final movement of his Symphony No. 5 in C minor as well as his Pastoral and Choral.

By the 1840s the trombone was fully integrated into the orchestra and was also being used in operas and other compositions. In the 20th century, music education and marching bands became popular in public U.S. schools, bringing the trombone into national popularity. Dixieland Jazz used the trombone as a support instrument while in Swing Jazz the trombone became a popular solo instrument.

Playing a Trombone

Today, the trombone most commonly used are the tenor and bass. The slide is moved to change notes. If breath is continually blown while the slide changes position, it produces a gliding sound. By stopping and starting breaths, trombones can hit individual notes.

Mutes are used to change the timbre and to create a “wah-wah” effect unlike any other instrument. Some trombone players believe the materials used to construct the instruments affect the sound. Most commonly, yellow brass is used to make the body of the instrument while the bell is crafted from either two separate sheets or hammered from a single piece. In some instances, the bell is made from sterling silver.

Next time you’re at any of our Jazz Kitchen locations, chat with the trombone player. See what they love about the instrument.

Jazz 101: The Trumpet

Jazz 101: The Trumpet

The brassy tones of the trumpet have existed for centuries. Jazz music makes excellent use of this three-valved instrument to bring Jazz bands to life and get people on their feet. Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie made the Jazz trumpet famous.


The earliest trumpets date back to earlier than 1500 B.C. As a broadly used musical instrument, changes in the design and metal making during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance created dramatic improvements. At this time, trumpets were made of a single coiled tube without valves, limiting the range of tones it could produce.

The Baroque era became known as the “Golden Age of the natural trumpet” in part thanks to Cesare Bendinelli who helped develop the upper clarion register. As a result, a tremendous body of music was written to highlight the trumpet.

In the mid-twentieth century trumpet playing was revived. Trumpeters in the UK and Germany fitted natural trumpets with three or four vent holes to help correct out of tune notes. In 1818, Friedrich Bluhmel and Heinrich Stölzel applied for a patent to incorporate W. Schuster’s box valve. When this design became standard in the 20th century, there was an explosion in music written for the trumpet.

Materials and Construction

Trumpets are made from brass tubing bent twice into an oblong shape. The three valves, called piston valves increase or decrease the length of tubing engaged thereby changing the pitch. Less common instruments like the piccolo trumpet have four valves. Trumpeters use the tuning slide to raise or lower the pitch of the instrument to match other instruments in the band or orchestra.

The bell helps project sound, but it also does more than that. As a closed tube, the trumpet only naturally produces every other overtone in a harmonic series. The bell makes the missing overtones audible to listeners and fellow musicians.

Next time you’re at Jazz Kitchen pay special attention to the trumpet and see how it contributes to the overall Jazz sound.

Jazz 101: The Sax

Jazz 101: The Sax

When it comes to Jazz music, one of the first instruments to come to mind is the saxophone (aka sax). This versatile instrument has an interesting history.


The sax was invented in 1840 by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian instrument maker. His goal was to create a group of instruments that would be the most powerful of woodwinds and the most adaptive of brass instruments. By crafting the sax from brass and using a single-reed mouth piece, Sax seems to have succeeded.

Adolphe Sax’s interest in creating such a vocal and nimble instrument came from his personal instrument choices. As a flautist (flute player) and clarinetist, he clearly had a love of both woodwinds and reeded instruments. He began by working to improve the fingering on a bass clarinet. Using those skills, he eventually developed the saxophone.

He created saxophones in several sizes and received a patent for 14 versions in the early 1840s. When the patent expired in 1866, instrument makers and players began experimenting with his original design and rearranging the fingering. The first of these of note was made by a French manufacturer who extended the bell and added an extra key. This modification had the effect of extending the downward range by one semitone.

In general, Sax’s original keys made for challenging fingering. Over the years, numerous modifications were made to combine some key and move others to make playing much easier. Of Sax’s original 14 designs, the most commonly used today are Alto, Tenor and Baritone.


Both at invention and today, saxophones are made of brass. However, because the tones are produced by a reed, they’re considered a woodwind rather than a brass instrument. In many cases, the brass is coated to prevent oxidation. There is considerable debate as to if/how this affects tone.

The reeds are traditionally made from a perennial cane, but since the 20th century fiberglass and other composite materials are also used. Mouth pieces are made from a wide variety of materials. Saxophonists choose which mouthpiece they prefer based on the style of music and desired tones.

When you come by Jazz Kitchen, be sure to ask the saxophonists about his choice of mouth piece.

Jazzy Block Party

Jazzy Block Party

Block parties are great way to get to know your neighbors during the warm months. Hanging out, eating good food and listening to fun music. Block parties bring neighbors together in friendship and create a sense of community. In the colder months, it’s not always possible to have an outdoor block party. Jazz Kitchen has the solution! Bring your block party inside!

Live Jazz

At an outdoor block party, chances are you’ve got a stereo or smart phone playing music to entertain the block. Instead, bringing your block party inside any of our five Jazz Kitchen locations, you can have live Jazz setting a cool mood for you and your neighbors.

No Need for Potluck

Most block parties are a potluck affair. And there’s always that one neighbor who shows up to the party without a dish of food to share. Bringing your neighbors to Jazz Kitchen means we provide the food. We can either do a small, select menu or let your neighbors order anything they’d like off our regular menu. Either way, no one has to cook and that one neighbor who never brings anything doesn’t become a thorn in anyone’s side.

Party Music

Jazz is often associated with New Orleans and there’s no place better known for a party and good times than the home of Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S. With such roots, Jazz is clearly the perfect party music. It’s cool and mellow, but without sad notes or melancholy. Many of the tunes are even suitable for dancing. This all makes Jazz the perfect party music.

The Sum of Its Parts

Add it all up and you have the makings of a perfect indoor block party for you and your neighbors. Live music, good food made by our fabulous kitchen and dance music plus the ambiance in any of our five restaurants – bam! A great way to beat the winter blues while getting some social time with your neighbors.

Why We Love Jazz

Why We Love Jazz

Jazz is rich in history and meaning. Unlike many other music genres, Jazz was invented in the United States. It’s had an incredible impact on music and popular culture. To create their famous sounds, Jazz musicians invented the first drum set. And the commonly used terms “cool” and “hip” began as Jazz terms.

The Birth of Jazz

In the late 1800s African Americans in the South were seeking a way to express the feelings of freedom they felt after the Civil War. As an outgrowth from Blues, Jazz flipped the feelings of sadness and hopelessness into feelings of joy and victory. Jazz is all about being happy; dancing and moving.

In the 1900s, Jazz became the music genre of choice in New Orleans. A city always known for its traditions of celebration and music, Jazz was the perfect fit for the frivolity and “lese les bon temps roule” spirt. The famous Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans and began performing and bringing Jazz to the masses at the young age of 13. He made the Dixieland style, which included lots of fun improv, the standard for the entire genre.

Through the great Depression and beyond, Jazz branched off to include Swing and the fast tempos of Bebop. By the 1950s, Latin and Cubin influences had combined with Jazz to create a powerful, danceable blend that speaks to the common ground of all cultures.

For the Love of Jazz

Jazz speaks to the fun spirit within all of us. To the side of us that wants to get up and dance; the side that wants to let go, and have fun. At Jazz Kitchen, we create an environment that’s packed with fun the spirit of Jazz requires. We love seeing our patrons let go and enjoy a fun night out with friends and family. We love the freedom and playfulness of Jazz.