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.