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Bringing Jazz to the Youth of the Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center

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On Monday, December 8th, in conjunction with the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, the Preservation Hall Foundation with members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band  conducted a very special outreach event for the youth of the Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center.

In the span of two hours, pianist Rickie Monie, drummer Joe Lastie Jr., tuba player Ronell Johnson, and trombonist/singer Freddie Lonzo performed three short sets as part of Manship Theatre’s partnership with the detention center to bring arts into the lives of the young people serving time there. Each show lasted roughly 30 minutes, with a personal concert with tunes such as “Bourbon Street Parade,” “Hello Dolly,” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.” After each song, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band had time for questions and discussion.

By the end of each performance, the students were nodding their heads, dancing, and immersing themselves in the arts.

Read more about our outreach event with the Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center here:



AMPED music camp for at risk youth gets a special lesson from Preservation Hall Jazz band

Local musicians in the Louisville, KY area have been putting on a four week summer camp for at risk children, and on June 19th, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band surprised their students.

The camp called AMPED, Academy of Music Production Education and Development, has 15-20 at risk youth participating.The musicians who are helping are donating their time to teach the children about music, songwriting and recording. The program ends in July, with a concert and fundraiser to expand the program into a yearlong one.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band had heard about the camp and came to perform for the group, in addition to teaching them about Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Check out some photos below:


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For more information on AMPED, visit their facebook page at  If your school or after-school program would like to have an outreach event with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on tour, contact Ashley Shabankareh at


Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall photos featured in Rolling Stone

The press and photos from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th Anniversary Celebration keep rolling in. Check out these great photos compliments of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Photos by Scott Irby Ranniar

Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Celebration

Jim James, Steve Earle, Mos Def and more pay respect to the New Orleans institution at Carnegie Hall

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
GIVERS performing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Jim James of My Morning Jacket performs during the Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th anniversary at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 7th, 2012.
 The Del McCoury Band performs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
 Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Mos Def with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th anniversary at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 7th, 2012. 

 Steve Earle w/PHJB
 Tom Sancton and George Wein
Allen Toussaint performs during the Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th anniversary at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 7th, 2012.
 Grand finale

Check Out This Article from the NY Times – “Tribute to New Orleans, Inside and Out” by Jon Pareles

New York times writer Jon Pareles recaps Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s night in Carnegie Hall

Photo by Art Mintz – NY Times
    The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a quintessential New Orleans institution, discovered new out-of-town admirers after Hurricane Katrina, and it brought many of them along for a concert on Saturday night at Carnegie Hall to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  Preservation Hall, at 726 St. Peter Street, started in 1961 as a place where longtime New Orleans musicians could play the city’s most traditional jazz. It gathered a core Preservation Hall Jazz Band that performs regularly at the hall itself, with personnel gradually changing through the years. Ben Jaffe, the bassist and sousaphone player who is the group’s current creative director, is the son of the band’s previous director, Allan Jaffe. Other band members including the drummer Joe Lastie, the trombonist Freddie Lonzo and the clarinetist Charlie Gabriel, come from multigenerational musical families.

After the devastation of New Orleans in 2005, jam bands, indie-rockers, and fellow long-running traditional groups supported and collaborated with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The largest project was “Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program,” a two-CD collection released in 2010. At Carnegie Hall, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Del McCoury BandMy Morning JacketSteve EarleMerrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) were on hand. So were the New Orleans-born musicians Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint, who sang a tribute to the band for putting “pride in your stride.” While it’s a paradox that welcoming outsiders and trying out hybrids is a survival tactic for a deeply local tradition, that’s a fact of life for present-day New Orleans.

At Carnegie Hall, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band showed how easily it could hop from era to era. It could work like a rhythm-and-blues horn section or a tightly arranged little big band if need be, but it could also switch back into the polyphonic glories of vintage New Orleans jazz, in which nearly every instrument seems to improvise around the tune at the same time.

That’s what the band did on its own, in standards like “Bourbon Street Parade” (sung by its trumpeter, Mark Braud) — and, even more exuberantly, backing excerpts from the Trey McIntyre Project’s dance suite “Ma Maison,” with members in skeleton masks and harlequin costumes. The band also brought a New Orleans shimmy and wink to some of its guests: Tiffany Lamson of the Louisiana band Givers with “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” and Ms. Garbus belting “Careless Love.”

The band was more somber for a doleful version of “St. James Infirmary” sung by Jim James of My Morning Jacket; the song then turned upbeat for a return of the dancers. For Mr. Earle’s “This City,” a tribute to New Orleans, the band deferred to his roots rock. But there was a dialogue between traditions when Mr. McCoury’s bluegrass band shared songs with Preservation Hall; clarinet and fiddle traded solos that stayed true to their own idioms, while the rhythm meshed.

A big finale filled the stage as the Blind Boys of Alabama; Mr. McCoury; and Preservation Hall’s saxophonist, Clint Maedgen took turns singing the gospel standard “I’ll Fly Away” backed by the night’s full roster. But after the guests cleared away, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band returned along with teenaged musicians from its Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band, whose members get lessons from the elder band Musical Outreach. They played — of course — “When the Saints Go Marching In,” with an old-fashioned polyphonic swagger that promised continuity for another New Orleans generation.

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band to perform at Carnegie Hall

Early this month, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band announced that special guests that will join them on stage for their 50th anniversary performance.  On January 7th2012 at 8:00pm, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will grace the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, with special guests My Morning Jacket, Del McCoury Band, Trombone Shorty, GIVERS, Allen Toussaint, Blind Boys of Alabama, Tao Seeger, & Mos Def, and THE PRESERVATION HALL JUNIOR JAZZ AND HERITAGE BRASS BAND. 
Tickets for what is bound to be an unforgettable night go on sale December 2nd and are available, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th street and 7th avenue.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city’s musical legacy.  With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music’s historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of America’s most beloved forms of popular music.
The group manages to evoke the spirits of times past in an ever-evolving modern context that has found them traveling around the world.  Along the way, they have brought in collaborators of all musical stripes to play, honor, and reinterpret America’s first true art form.  The PHJB have played and recorded with artists like Tom WaitsPeteSeegerAni DiFranco and My Morning Jacket.  Their most recent collaboration has been with the Grammy-winning bluegrass outfit, the Del McCoury Band, with whom they released a joint album earlier this year titled American Legacies.

Carl LeBlanc and The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band Interview

Celebrate 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall at Ogden event
Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 3:00 
by Maria C. Montoya, The Times-Picayune 

WHO HE IS: The banjo and guitar player toured for several years with the Preser­vation Hall Jazz Band and currently works with the students of the Preser­vation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.

WHY YOU’VE HEARD OF HIM: Over the years, Le Blanc played with Sun Ra, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Bo Diddley and Ellis Marsalis.

WHAT’S HE UP TO: Le Blanc is directing the Junior Preservation Hall Band and working on his first inspirational/spiritual recording. He said fans can expect a little something different from him. Surprise guests on the CD include the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indians.

WHERE TO SEE HIM: On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Le Blanc will lead the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s free family fun day in celebration of Preservation Hall’s 50th anniversary and Ogden’s current exhibit “Art & Jazz: Preservation Hall at 50.” Visit for more information.

Q: How long you been working with the junior band program?
A: A little over eight months. We’ve been working on getting the kids together. In New Orleans, it’s hard to keep up with the kids because of their musical commitments at school, too.

Q: What’s the best part about working with them?
A: Just the music, passing on to them the traditional music of New Orleans. To see them play the songs from the 1920s — “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?” and “Sunny Side of the Street” — that’s cool.

Q: Were you a part of the 50th anniversary celebration?
A: I haven’t been touring with the group, but I was at the event and it was like a huge family reunion. Such a wonderful celebration.

Q: Will we see any of the junior members at the Hall one day?
A: Oh, yeah. Some of them have already played there. Many of them go to NOCCA and are very talented. The goal of the program is all about preparing the next generation of musicians.


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