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Elliot Hutchinson, Zehnder Communications, (504) 962-3723,
Tambry Reed Slavich, Zehnder Communications, (504) 962-3711,

NEW ORLEANS (December 19, 2016)-Landmark hotel Royal Sonesta New Orleans is set to ring in 2017 in classic style, with the return of its New Year's Eve jazz performance celebration. Back by popular demand for the second year in a row, the hotel's live music venue The Jazz Playhouse presents "An Evening with The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band" on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans remains proud to bring jazz back to Bourbon Street via The Jazz Playhouse, located on the hotel's lobby level. Once again, traveling visitors and local revelers alike can countdown to the New Year with a memorable evening of dancing and live jazz entertainment by Gerald French & The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, plus handcrafted libations such as the French 75, the Original Highball and the Champagne Cocktail, all in the heart of the French Quarter at 300 Bourbon Street.

Tickets for both General Admission and VIP experiences are available and include the following amenities:

General Admission for $150
-Premium open bar with themed cocktails
-Hors d'oeuvres
-Champagne toast at midnight

VIP Admission for $185:
-Ensures Premium Seating within reach of the band
-Premium open bar with themed cocktails
-Hors d'oeuvres
-Champagne toast at midnight

The event's featured entertainment, The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, is a living museum. In 1910, the Tuxedo Jazz Band played its first show at the Tuxedo Dance Hall in Storyville, under direction of Oscar Celestin. The popular ensemble has since played throughout the city and the country. In 1953, it became the first jazz band to play at the White House. The band has carried on a rich tradition by preserving history through its dedication to tradition and constant evolution. The Jazz Playhouse at Royal Sonesta New Orleans is honored to be a part of that legacy as it regularly hosts the famed band on Mondays weekly.

Admission to this intimate New Year's Eve entertainment event is limited. Tickets are available at

For updates and information on the event, follow The Jazz Playhouse on social media @JazzPlayhouse or call 504-553-2299. To view a full entertainment schedule and more visit

About Royal Sonesta New Orleans:
Located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter and steps away from some of the city's finest shopping and visitor attractions, Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a hub of authentic jazz, vibrant night life and refined southern design. The hotel is home to several dining and entertainment venues, including Restaurant R'evolution, Bar R'evolution, The Jazz Playhouse, Desire Oyster Bar, Le Booze and PJ's Coffee Café. In addition to world-class amenities, Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers 20,000 square feet of meeting and special event space. With 483 newly appointed rooms, including 36 suites, the luxurious hotel is one of nearly 70 properties within Sonesta. For more information, visit or call 504-586-0300.