Preservation Hall Foundation Awarded Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s USArtists International Grant


The Preservation Hall Foundation has been awarded the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s USArtists International grant for the first round of the 2014 program year. USAI ensures that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad. The program works to strengthen the creative and professional development of American artists through participation at significant international festivals and engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities. This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Learn more about the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation at


AMPED music camp for at risk youth gets a special lesson from Preservation Hall Jazz band

Local musicians in the Louisville, KY area have been putting on a four week summer camp for at risk children, and on June 19th, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band surprised their students.

The camp called AMPED, Academy of Music Production Education and Development, has 15-20 at risk youth participating.The musicians who are helping are donating their time to teach the children about music, songwriting and recording. The program ends in July, with a concert and fundraiser to expand the program into a yearlong one.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band had heard about the camp and came to perform for the group, in addition to teaching them about Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Check out some photos below:


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For more information on AMPED, visit their facebook page at  If your school or after-school program would like to have an outreach event with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on tour, contact Ashley Shabankareh at


Photo Recap: Silence is Violence Field Trip to Preservation Hall

On Saturday, May 31st, the PresHall Brass and the Preservation Hall Foundation welcomed local non-profit Silence is Violence and their Peace Music Clinic musicians. Their students were introduced to the hall, its history, and danced all throughout the PresHall Brass’s performance.

Check out these photos from their time at Preservation Hall!

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About Silence is Violence:

SilenceIsViolence is a campaign for peace in New Orleans, founded following the murders of musician Dinerral Shavers (December 28, 2006) and filmmaker Helen Hill (January 4, 2007). Dinerral and Helen were beloved friends, neighbors, and artists of New Orleans’ Bywater-Marigny district. Following these tragedies, Ken Foster, Helen Gillet, and Baty Landis organized a march to New Orleans City Hall to express dismay at the silence of city leadership on the issue of violent crime.

The January 11, 2007 March For Survival was attended by 5,000 concerned citizens. On that day, citizens from all parts of the city spoke directly to our leaders and each other about their fears and hopes for a safer and more equitable city—and SilenceIsViolence was founded.

The mission of the Silence is Violence is to call upon both citizens and public officials to achieve a safe New Orleans across all communities. We engage youth in positive expressions and actions to counter the culture of violence. We demand respect for every life, and justice for every citizen in our city.

Midnight Preserves Weekend 1 Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who made the first weekend of our 10th annual Midnight Preserves: A Benefit For The Preservation Hall Foundation such a huge success! An extra thanks to our special surprise guests who performed with Preservation Hall Jazz Band throughout the weekend!


Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Infamous Stringdusters. Photo: © MF Andrews

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Infamous Stringdusters. Photo: © MF Andrews

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Infamous Stringdusters. Photo: © MF Andrews

Flavor Flav & Mr. Joe Lastie Jr. enjoying the evening. Photo: Dino Perrucci


Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Keb Mo. Photo: Dino Perrucci

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Keb Mo. Photo: Dino Perrucci


Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Jazz Fest. Photo: Dino Perrucci

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger & Bombino. Photo: Twitter user @jmcgnn

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Bombino. Photo: Dave Unger

A limited amount of tickets are still available for this weekend’s performances. See you at Midnight!

Win tickets to Sunday’s performance here.

Photo Recap: The Mission Bay Preservationists Perform at Preservation Hall

On Friday, April 18th, we were joined by the Mission Bay Preservationists, a traditional youth jazz band based out of San Francisco, CA. The band has been featured at venues throughout San Diego County and California including: Anthology, House of Blues, Dizzy’s, Petco Park, Sea World, Tango Del Rey, Lux Art Institute, Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival, and the Sacramento Jazz Festival. This is their second time performing at Preservation Hall – their first performance was back in 2012. 

Check out these photos of their performance below!

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PH Foundation Outreach event at Martha O’Bryan Center in East Nashville

Ben Jaffe and Preservation Hall Foundation Director of Development Greg Lucas meet with Kristine Jackson of the Martha O’Bryan Center on Sunday, March 30th. They discussed student and child development through music education at a neighborhood “cradle to college” learning center serving around 700 families (many single mothers with 2+ children earning less than $6k/year). Kristine said “music and the arts are what get these kids up in the morning.” Check out this photo of their meeting below:

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Donate Instruments to the Preservation Hall Foundation

Do you have a new or gently used instrument that could use a new life? Rather than taking up space in your closet or attic, that trombone, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, drums, and other musical instrument can find a new life with a young aspiring musicians in the Preservation Hall Foundation. You could spot your old instrument in a future second line or Mardi Gras parade!

The students in our Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band, who attend our weekly classes, often do not have the resources or means to own their own instruments. We welcome the donation of anything that can help in our mission. In addition to donated musical instruments, we can also use musical accessories (slide oil, reeds, etc), school supplies, and musical software.

Donations are tax deductible and support the Preservation Hall Foundation’s mission to protect, honor, and perpetuate Traditional New Orleans Jazz, strengthening the sense of community, music, family and culture that are an inseperable part of New Orleans and Preservation Hall.

Contact Ashley Shabankareh at or bring your donation to Preservation Hall, 726 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA.

Photo Recap: The Packer Collegiate Institute Masterclass

On Tuesday, March 18th, the Preservation Hall Foundation hosted the Packer Collegiate Institute for a masterclass and private concert with their 19-piece big band.

Led by Jeffrey Hills, Darryl Adams, and Frank Oxley, the masterclass taught the students about styles and types of songs played in the Traditional New Orleans Jazz repertoire, as well as how to better their ensemble playing both in small and large groups. Check out these pictures from their trip here:

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Photo Recap: Studio 345 Students Visit the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

In Charlotte, NC on March 26th, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band had visitors from Studio 345, a free out of school youth development program that uses Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, and Multimedia Design to educate and inspire students to stay in school, graduate, and pursue goals beyond high school.

The group of students that came to the sound check were only a few of their 40 music students that will have the opportunity to perform at the McGlohon Theater, the same theater that PHJB performed at, in 9 weeks. It was an opportunity for the students to attend their first performance in the venue where they had the ability to observe professional musicians. Their teacher, Jerrard Polk, noted that students were inspired by what they saw and heard.

Check out these pictures of some of the Studio 345 students attending the Preservation Hall Jazz Band soundcheck!

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A Performance from the University School from Cleveland, OH

On Friday, March 14th, the Preservation Hall Foundation hosted the University School One O’Clock Jazz Ensemble from Cleveland, OH. The band’s director, David Kay, brought the group on a tour, where the students were presented to perform in a wide variety of venues and locations.

We were thrilled to have them open for the Southern Syncopaters, where they played a variety of tunes and showcased what they had been learning at school. Check out these pictures from their performance!

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