Garden District Band
(trio to hot-groove 8-piece)

Welcome to Hansen's Garden District Band

There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line. We love our fans! come and see us "live" 7-nights a week at Houston's Restaurant in New Orleans.

Our New Album - Released Nov 6, 2017

Garden District Trio

Garden District Trio "Wednesdays on the Avenue"

This album features John Mahoney on piano, Ed Wise on bass and David W. Hansen on drums.

For nearly twelve years, Hansen has featured the best jazz pianists and bassists in New Orleans with his Garden District Trio seven nights a week at Houston’s Restaurant on St. Charles Avenue. The line-up of talented musicians featured by Hansen showcase an incredibly high level of jazz performance nightly. From Hansen’s personal selections and the musicians’ repertoire, they provide fresh interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz compositions and Latin jazz tunes, spanning the entire history of jazz.

About Us

The musicians

Drummer and band leader, David Hansen, features the best jazz artists in New Orleans. His regular nightly performance since 2006 (11.5 years) is at Houston's Restaurant on St. Charles Ave. His Garden District Trio features the best pianists and bassists performing nightly with a seven foot Steinway, upright bass and Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute drums. They provide an intense, swingin' and groove session every night. 

Hansen's Garden District Band has performed for events worldwide with the trio, five and eight piece bands in Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Malaysia and Canada for private events and public music festivals. The musicians are all world-class professionals and have collectively performed as freelance artists with the best known "name" jazz artists in the world.   

Our history

 The Garden District Band is a sophisticated jazz ensemble performing from a huge repertoire ranging from classic standards, very old New Orleans traditional jazz, big band hits, bebop, Latin/Jazz to funky New Orleans street beat or second line type songs in a very creative and highly improvised setting.

Jazz and Latin groove infused the Garden District Band performs from the Classic American Songbook with Swing, Ballads, Bossa Nova, Samba and quasi-rhumba styles with a unique New Orleans feel. They perform in the style of the incredible, great, swinging piano trios such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Gene Harris, Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Kelly, McCoy Tyner and many others. If you like these artists, you will love the Garden District Band. 

Our sound

The Garden District Band has nine albums available at all the major digital music purchasing locations. CD's can be purchased from the band (live performances), in New Orleans at the Louisiana Music Factory or on-line at CDBaby ... search for the "Garden District Trio"

 On the many albums, Hansen features the best jazz pianists and bassists performing in New Orleans. 

Please remember The Garden District Band (trio to hot-groove 8) is available for private events, concerts, festivals, fairs and Weddings. They are flexible with their performance repertoire and do very well selecting the appropriate performance material for a jazz festival or private event where the moods are varied.

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, hear and see us perform "live" 7-nights a week (6:45pm start) at Houston's Restaurant, 1755 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 ... band leader and drummer, David Hansen, features many of the best musicians and please remember, we are available to perform for your corporate, private or Wedding functions.

Garden District Band - nightly performance

1755 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, United States

(504) 427-2008

Performance at Houston's Restaurant ........ 1755 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70130

Mon-Thur: 6:45 - 9:15 pm

Fri/Sat: 6:45 - 9:45 pm

Sunday: 6:00 - 8:30 pm


Garden District Trio 9 albums

select covers to listen & buy

select covers to listen & buy

One song from each album - please "follow" us on SoundCloud

Public Performances

No upcoming events.

Video: Garden District Trio "live"

Live video from the night we recorded our album "On the Avenue" performing "On the Trail" (from Grand Canyon Suite / 1933) Written by Ferde Grofe

Video: Hansen's Garden District Band "Hot Groove Seven"

Hansen's Garden District Band
(The "Hot Groove Seven") "live" at a jazz festival performing the song "Manteca," a Latin/jazz or Afro-Cuban jazz classic written by Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo and Gil Fuller.
... excerpts faded in/out to showcase each band member.

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