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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A Visit from Saint Mary’s College High School

This past March 13th, we had the pleasure of hosting the Saint Mary’s College High School for a private tour of Preservation Hall and concert experience. Their students were in town for an annual service trip, helping the New Orleans community with their rebuilding efforts. Check out the photo below from their trip!

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Are you planning an upcoming trip to New Orleans? Be sure to let us know! We offer a wide variety of tours, private concerts, and masterclasses and would be thrilled to host your school! Contact Ashley Shabankareh at for more information.

Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band Alumni Plays with the Preservation Hall Stars!

Tuesday, February 25th, Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band Alumni, John Michael Bradford, performed his first official show at Preservation Hall. 

Performing with Shannon Powell and the Preservation Hall Stars, John Michael masterfully performed 3 show at 8:15, 9:15, and 10:15pm, with musicians including Mitchell Player, David Harris, Christian Winther, and Mari Watanabe. His education from the past few years was evident as he held his own throughout the night. 

Check out these great pictures from the performance!

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As always, if you know a child interested in learning more about Traditional New Orleans Jazz, please contact Ashley Shabankareh at 


Video Recap: Preservation Hall Jazz Band gets interviewed by students of Bennett School

In November, 2013, Preservation Hall Jazz Band was interviewed by Bennett Intermediate School‘s 5th grade students as a part of their Project Based Learning. In this project, students learned further about music, the city of New Orleans, and of course, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Take a look at the video from this amazing experience for Bennett Intermediate School’s students.

Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel at Stanford University’s Institute of Diversity in the Arts

This past weekend, Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, were a part of Stanford University’s Institute of Diversity in the Arts. Hosted by Jeff Chang, foremost hip-hop historian and author of “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” the program was part of several events Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel participated in. 

Check out these great photos, including some with the Eastside School in East Palo Alto.

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