In 1977, Preservation Hall’s Allan Jaffe teamed up with Arthur Hall and his Afro-American Dance Ensemble to release Fat Tuesday and All That Jazz! A Mardi Gras Dance Musical. The world premiere of the dance musical was presented on February 19th, 1977 and was followed by a tour throughout the United States.
The featured performers in Fat Tuesday and All That Jazz were none other than Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band from Preservation Hall and the Arthur Hall Afro-American Dance Ensemble of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band and Musicians of Preservation Hall including:
Milton Batiste, lead trumpet, Mardi Gras Indian
Kid Sheik Colar, trumpet
Harold Dejan, saxophone
Edmond Foucher, trumpet
Nowell Glass, bass drum
Allan Jaffe, bass horn
Benjamin Jaffe, beggar
Andrew Jefferson, snare drum
Gerald Joseph, trombone
Anthony Lacen, bass horn, Mardi Gras Indian
Frank Naundorf, trombone
Emanuel Paul, tenor saxophone
William Russell, violin
Arthur Hall’s Afro-American Dance Ensemble:
Carol Schley, choreography for Baby Dolls
Farel Johnson, dance company master drummer
Alan Trumpler, scenic design and construction
Elizabeth Roberts, costume design and construction
C. Edward White, dance wardrobe master
Lillian Avery, wardrobe mistress
David K. H. Elliott, stage manager
R. Michael Holden, company manager
Oswald Wallace, dance company manager
Roscoe Smith, property manager
George Calvert, carpenter
Cornell Cooper, electrician
Thomas Priest Teasley, publicity
The production of Fat Tuesday and All That Jazz! is a snap shot in Preservation Hall’s history and exposes the Hall’s need to collaborate with artists outside of the realm of New Orleans Jazz. These early collaborative efforts defined and paved a path that is still followed by 35 years later with such collaborations as the Trey-McIntrye Project, The Del McCoury Band, and My Morning Jacket.
Finally, this rare 1977 performance from Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is now available on DVD! All proceeds from the sale of this DVD go to support the music education programs at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and the long-term preservation and accessibility of the Arthur Hall Collection.
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