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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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Announcing! The Preservation Hall Ball

Preservation Hall Ball photo

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



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.

Fat Tuesday and All That Jazz DVD On Sale Now! Proceeds Goto the Preservation Hall Foundation!

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.

Staging and Choreography

Arthur Hall

Musical Directon

Allan Jaffe

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
David Grillier,clarinet
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 Robertscostume design and construction
C. Edward Whitedance 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 Calvertcarpenter
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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