Archive for the tag “Charlie Gabriel”

Recap: Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel at Richmond Center Stage

On October 29th, Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, in conjunction with the Preservation Hall Foundation, CenterStage’s BrightLights Education and Modlin Center for the Arts, conducted a masterclass and lecture series for students in Richmond, VA. The event focused on the history of New Orleans Jazz and the civil rights movement. During the class, Ben and Charlie invited students to come up and learn improvisational techniques and ended the class with a small performance.

After the masterclass, Ben Jaffe stated: “When you walk into a these new environments meeting young people for the first time you never know what your are going to encounter. Working with the students in Richmond reminded me of the power of music and what I get to do everyday. Those students really knocked my socks off in terms of understanding and appreciating Charlie and me as well. The level of their musical skills was incredibly impressive for students that age.”

Take a look at some of the photos take by Shannon Hooker of the Modlin Center for the Arts:

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Gwynedd Mercy University

The Preservation Hall Foundation, in conjunction with the Institute for New Orleans History and Culture at Gwynedd Mercy University presented a short concert on the History of New Orleans Jazz, featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The concert was a combination of performance, as well as the history and culture of New Orleans jazz music and Preservation Hall’s role in it. During the presentation, Mr. Freddie Lonzo was surprised with a copy of Second Line Magazine from the Gwynedd Mercy University Archives that featured a photo of him from over 40 years earlier!

Check out a few photos from the event!

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Thank You for Having A “Ball!”

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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!

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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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Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel at Stanford University’s Institute of Diversity in the Arts

This past weekend, Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, were a part of Stanford University’s Institute of Diversity in the Arts. Hosted by Jeff Chang, foremost hip-hop historian and author of “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” the program was part of several events Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel participated in. 

Check out these great photos, including some with the Eastside School in East Palo Alto.

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Photo Recap: The Tasalimah Ragtime Quartet

This past Wednesday, August 1st, the Preservation Hall Foundation hosted the Taslimah Bey Ragtime Quartet at Preservation Hall.

Taslimah P. Bey began studying classical music at age 16, and switched to jazz in her senior year of high school.  In 1985, Taslimah presented the Ragtime Legacy, a lecture/concert on the compositions of early ragtime composers, including Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Artie Matthews, Eubie Blake and James P. Johnson.  In 1986, she formed Taslimah’s Ragtime Band, in an effort to expand upon previous ragtime presentations to include her band arrangements for ragtime compositions.  The band includes a rotating roster of jazz greats Marcus Belgrave, Charlie Gabriel, Marion Hayden, Greg Patrick, Tony Holland, Raycee Biggs and James Carter.  In May, 2001, Taslimah received the award for the Preservation of African-American Music from the Societie for the Culturally Concerned in Detroit.  Taslimah has performed at Greenfield Village for the past 15 years, and is a headline artist at Greenfield Village’s Ragtime Street Fair.  Taslimah has also performed at the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri and the Music on the Plaza Jazz Series in Grosse Pointe.

Taslimah’s Ragtime Quartet included Mr. Charlie Gabriel, of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as Greg Patrick, and Marion Hayden. Check out the incredible photos below as they presented and preserved the ragtime style here at Preservation Hall.

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Photos from the Outreach Program at Easton Elementary

Recently, Rickie Monie and Charlie Gabriel, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, gave a workshop at Easton Elementary School in Easton, MD after a performance in Easton, MD. At Easton Elementary, Mr. Monie and Mr. Gabriel met with beginner music students, whom they not only performed for, but also performed with. As well, they had a meet and greet with students after the masterclass. Thank you again, Easton Elementary for sharing your passion of music with us and allowing us to make music with you.



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