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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!”

PHBall Thank You

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!

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!



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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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!

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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



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


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.

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.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Liga MAC A.C. Jazz Fest 2013!

This past Friday, March 22nd, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band had the honor of performing as a part of the 9th Annual Liga MAC JazzFest!

Liga MAC strives to offer a “helping hand” to low income families of San Jose del Cabo to ensure that they are well-nourished, have access to medical care, and to provide children and adults with the opportunity to continue their education. Liga MAC has been a registered Mexican charity since 1997, and it is made up of Mexicans, Americans, and Canadians (MAC). Liga MAC’s JazzFest is their primary fundraiser which helps them raise a major part of their anual budget. In 2012, with the funds raised at their 8th Annual JazzFest, Liga MAC helped over 2000 low-income families in crisis in San Jose del Cabo.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was happy to perform as a part of their JazzFest in order to help raise funds for their Basic Needs Programs, Medical Assistance Program, and Educational Support Program. Check out pictures from their performance at the JazzFest, with special Guest Charmaine Neville.

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