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This is jazz-history hallowed ground. The record books may be sketchy, but most agree that jazz began on this block, and perhaps in this very building. The first greats, including Buddy Bolden and Jelly Roll Morton, played the 1906 Little Gem. They’d love this beautifully restored iteration. It books top local and visiting jazz acts in the brick-walled, velvet-curtained Ramp Room, and in the white tile-floored, first-level saloon. The kitchen serves far-better-than-average modern Southern club food; advance reservations and tickets are available. All this means that drinks are pricey and the cover can be steep.