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:
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 http://preservationhall.com/hall/foundation/.
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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!
A limited amount of tickets are still available for this weekend’s performances. See you at Midnight!
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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
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.