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.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Outreach Event at Battersea Park

On July 3rd, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band  performed songs from the New Orleans traditional jazz repertoire and selections from their new album of original songs, “That’s It!” at Battersea Park for an outreach performance. During the show, Creative Director Ben Jaffe, whose parents started the legendary venue of the band in 1961, briefly discussed the origins of jazz in New Orleans, a history of Preservation Hall and its significance of in the American Civil Rights movement.

Check out this video of the performance below!

Preservation Hall European Tour Wrap-Up

Earlier this summer, the Preservation Hall Foundation received a Mid-Atlantic Arts Council USArtists International grant for support of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band‘s European tour. This 6-week tour was the most important international outreach activity for the current members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band since their 2006 post-Katrina tour. The band performed at key festivals in The Netherlands, France and Switzerland in conjunction with the European release of “That’s It!” by Sony Music in the territories. This not only yielded a tremendous boost in profile, but also added resounding audience support and promoter enthusiasm has opened the door for other European festivals and shows in the future.
On the creative side, the band benefited greatly by performing in the amazing setting of the French Riviera on Bastille Day at the 52nd annual Jazz a Juan Festival. This event was very meaningful to the musicians in the band, as it is in the adopted home of their idol and mentor Sidney Bichet. The presence of a memorial statue in a park near the stage led the band on a journey to pay homage to the clarinetist and composer, which progressed into the live performance during which the band played two Bichet compositions to round out the set, El Manicero and Saint Louis Blues, now part of the regular set list.
Check out these photos from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands on 7/11, Jazz a Juan Festival in Antives, France on 7/14, and Jazz Tage Lenk Festival in Lenk, Switzerland on 7/19.

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Preservation Hall Foundation Hosts the Capital Focus Jazz Band

On Thursday, July 31st, we hosted the Capital Focus Jazz Band, the Youth Learning Program of the Potomac River Jazz Club. Led under the direction of Dave Robinson, the group marvelously played Traditional New Orleans Jazz standards with the utmost flair. The group is open to all young musicians in the greater Washington D.C. area, by audition, and provides young people with a positive means of expression, as well as self-confidence gained through professional performance experiences.

The Capital Focus Jazz Band raised funds for their trip via indiegogo, and also performed as a part of the Satchmo SummerFest. We can’t wait to see what their students do next!

Check out these photos of their performance at Preservation Hall.

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PresHall Brass at the NAUW Convention

On Tuesday, July 29th, the PresHall Brass performed for the National Association of University Women (NAUW) Convention, an event sponsored by the Preservation Hall Foundation. The NAUW is an organization that was founded in 1910, with the mission to serve women, youth and the disadvantaged communities and in developing countries by addressing educational issues, advancing the status of women’s issues, and strategically partnering with allied organizations.

Check out these photos from the event!

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

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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 www.midatlanticarts.org

 

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