Recap: Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel at Richmond Center Stage

On October 29th, Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, in conjunction with the Preservation Hall Foundation, CenterStage’s BrightLights Education and Modlin Center for the Arts, conducted a masterclass and lecture series for students in Richmond, VA. The event focused on the history of New Orleans Jazz and the civil rights movement. During the class, Ben and Charlie invited students to come up and learn improvisational techniques and ended the class with a small performance.

After the masterclass, Ben Jaffe stated: “When you walk into a these new environments meeting young people for the first time you never know what your are going to encounter. Working with the students in Richmond reminded me of the power of music and what I get to do everyday. Those students really knocked my socks off in terms of understanding and appreciating Charlie and me as well. The level of their musical skills was incredibly impressive for students that age.”

Take a look at some of the photos take by Shannon Hooker of the Modlin Center for the Arts:

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Gwynedd Mercy University

The Preservation Hall Foundation, in conjunction with the Institute for New Orleans History and Culture at Gwynedd Mercy University presented a short concert on the History of New Orleans Jazz, featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The concert was a combination of performance, as well as the history and culture of New Orleans jazz music and Preservation Hall’s role in it. During the presentation, Mr. Freddie Lonzo was surprised with a copy of Second Line Magazine from the Gwynedd Mercy University Archives that featured a photo of him from over 40 years earlier!

Check out a few photos from the event!

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Outreach Recap: Rickie Monie and Ronell Johnson work with BCPAC students

On Thursday, October 16th, Rickie Monie and Ronell Johnson of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band visited a few schools in Bradford, PA as a part of the Preservation Hall Foundation‘s ongoing outreach initiates while the band is out on tour with Allen Toussaint.

Mr. Monie and Mr. Johnson started their masterclasses at Fretz Middle School, teaching their middle school band students more about improvisation. The band played a riveting version of “Saints go Marching In” at the conclusion of the class, one of their first performances as a full band!

Later in the afternoon, they joined students at School Street Elementary, a group of beginner band students who had yet to play their first full tune together. After teaching the student more about playing together as a band, they learned and subsequently played “Hot Cross Buns.” It was a treat not only for their students, but for Mr. Monie and Mr. Johnson.

Check out these photos from their masterclass!

 

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Thank You for Having A “Ball!”

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Now that the dust has settled, we wanted to take time to thank all of our wonderful performers, partners and you, the fans, for making our first annual Preservation Hall Ball a roaring success!

To our performers who joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on this historic of evenings: Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, Maverick Sabre, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, Beats Antique, Topsy Chapman and Betty Ann Williams, we extend our deepest gratitude.

We want to acknowledge our wonderful partners, for without whom this wouldn’t have been possible. The Civic Theatre, Bowery South, Hotel Monteleone, Pyramid Audio, Hall Piano, Whole Foods, Capital One and Loftin Group LLC.

Due to your generosity the Preservation Hall Foundation will be able to continue to disperse instruments and provide music lessons to young aspiring jazz musicians, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will persist with their numerous outreach events while touring the world. The donations will truly go towards preserving, perpetuating and protecting the art of traditional New Orleans jazz and it is all thanks to YOU.

See you next year at the Ball and the next time you join us at the Hall!

Take a Field Trip to Preservation Hall

Interested in bringing your school or students on a field trip to experience and learn more about traditional New Orleans Jazz? Look no further than Preservation Hall!

At Preservation Hall, the term “traditional” is taken quite literally; the older generation teaches the music to the younger musicians, and from them to their successors. The facilitation of this tradition passing is fundamental – whether it’s played during celebrations at Mardi Gras, during the burial of loved ones in New Orleans funeral ceremonies, or for audiences worldwide, Traditional New Orleans Jazz serves not only as a vital component of New Orleans culture but also represents a historical lineage to the earliest forms of jazz itself.

Since 2012, the Preservation Hall Foundation has been supporting music education, academic research, historical archiving and promotional outreach campaigns to create greater awareness and appreciation for Traditional New Orleans Jazz and the communities that support it. The Foundation’s primary activity is developing educational programming, targeting troubled areas in New Orleans with no current music programs in their schools. These programs focus on experiential settings for students to learn by playing and receive mentorship from professional teaching artists. In addition, the Preservation Hall Foundation provides field trips for students in Kindergarden through College ages.

Student concert field trips hosted at Preservation Hall feature 60-minute concert experience, with a performance by Preservation Hall performers, a short presentation on New Orleans Jazz, and the history of Preservation Hall.

CLICK HERE to request more information or to set up your field trip today!

Photo Recap: Afterglow Reception and Carr Center Outreach in Detroit, MI

On October 6th, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band  and the Preservation Hall Foundation partnered with the Carr Center , a non-profit arts institution that produces historic and cultural programming for youth and adults, n efforts to preserve Detroit artists, Detroit culture and Detroit’s African-American history.

Joining in for their ongoing program, “A Day at the Carr,” the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, along with members of Gabriel Hall, as well as legendary, award-winning Detroit trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave provided a riveting performance and historical session on the connection between Detroit and New Orleans to the students of Cass Technical High School. Check out this photo of everyone who was involved in the program!

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Later that week, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with Gabriel Hall partnered for “Afterglow,” an official after-show reception that benefited both Gabriel Hall and the Preservation Hall Foundation.

The reception immediately followed the Music Hall concert and helped further bring awareness for the forthcoming opening of Gabriel Hall in Detroit while enjoying cocktails and complimentary creole food by Gabriel Hall’s chef at this intimate fundraiser at the Jazz Cafe inside the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

The event also honored Charlie Gabriel, senior clarinetist and saxophonist with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a Detroiter for more than 50 years and one of the strongest living ties between New Orleans’ musical influence on Detroit jazz, brass and Motown. His nephew Dameon Gabriel, a lifelong Detroiter, is spearheading the opening of the Gabriel Hall music venue, restaurant, bar and mini-musuem in Detroit.

Check out photos from the reception below:

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Photo Recap: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Masterclass at OKCU

On Thursday, September 25th, the Preservation Hall Foundation and Oklahoma City University hosted the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a masterclass for some of their up-and-coming music performance students, led under the director of Professor of Trumpet, Michael Anderson. During the masterclass, students performed tunes such as “The Preacher,” “All of Me,” and “La Vie En Rose” and enhanced their performances under the guidance of Ben Jaffe, Rickie Monie, Joe Lastie, and Mark Braud.

Check out these photos from their masterclass:

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Preservation Hall Ball Ticket Giveaway!

We’re giving away a pair of Preservation Hall Ball tickets every week, for the next 3 weeks! Be sure to join us at The Civic Theatre on October 3rd as we pay tribute to the band’s first pianist and touring band leader “Sweet” Emma Barrett! This week, Gambit Weekly is giving away a pair of ticket. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win!

Enter here: http://smarturl.it/PHBgambit
Purchase tickets: http://smarturl.it/phball

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Farm Aid, 2014!

This Saturday, September 13th, join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform at Farm Aid, 2014.Farm Aid features the best that music has to offer, while remaining true to its ultimate mission – supporting family farmers on their land.

For 28 years, Farm Aid has been supporting farmers and strengthening America. Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.

The Preservation Hall Foundation is honored to help bring and sponsor the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performance at Farm Aid! Don’t forget to check out the Farm Aid Youtube page during the concert to see footage from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many other incredible artists!

Announcing! The Preservation Hall Ball

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Friends and Preservation Hall Foundation Supporters! We’re excited to announce the Preservation Hall Ball  at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans on Friday, October 3rd, a benefit for the Preservation Hall Foundation.

Grammy-winner and New Orleans icon, Allen Toussaint, will join Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Preservation Hall Ball to debut their joint “Oh Yeah!” national tour, which will depart for 40 shows across the country the following week. Ani DiFranco, experimental world fusion and electronic group Beats Antique, and Alexander Ebert, lead singer and songwriter of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will all also join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as we pay tribute to the band’s first pianist and touring band leader “Sweet” Emma Barrett, with a night of unique musical collaborations and entertainment, with more guests to be announced.

All proceeds from the Preservation Ball will directly benefit The Preservation Hall Foundation. The Preservation Hall Foundation’s mission is to protect and perpetuate music education programs for underprivileged children in the greater New Orleans area.  The foundation sponsors a wide array of community programs ranging from school field trips, master classes, free community performances, and private lessons. More information on programs and how to get involved at http://preservationhall.com/hall/foundation/.

 TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

AND VISIT PRESERVATIONHALLBALL.ORG FOR FULL DETAILS.

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