Archive for the tag “Jazz”

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: http://www.225batonrouge.com/community/bringing-jazz-youth

 

Preservation Hall Foundation Launches Neighborhood Horns At Lagniappe Academies

On Thursday, December 18th from 4 to 5pm, the Preservation Hall Foundation celebrated the launch of their education outreach programNeighborhood Horns. Neighborhood Horns places introductory learning instruments directly in the hands of students interested in traditional New Orleans jazz. In addition, the program provides students with continuing music education, expanding their development in live performance, history, theory and practice, as well as opportunities to participate in masterclasses at Preservation Hall and community performances.

The event took place at Lagniappe Academies, the first recipients of Neighborhood Horns​, located in the Treme just blocks from the French Quarter and Preservation Hall.​​​​ Their students, faculty and staff were treated to a performance from the PresHall Brass with special guests from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , which concluded in a presentation of ​pBones and pTrumpets​ to their school and their students.​ The pBone and pTrumpet are light-weight, durable, and accessible instruments made of plastic, ideal for the younger students who may have difficulty with the weight and balance of a metal instrument. ​Made in the UK for brass players by brass players, the pBones and pTrumpets come in an array of bright colors and will allow us to help teach students at Lagniappe Academies without have them fear that they are mishandling or damaging the instrument.

About Lagniappe Academies:

The mission of Lagniappe Academies is to promote academic excellence, resilience, and self-awareness in New Orleans’ children. By partnering with families, community organizations, and other institutions that share our core beliefs, Lagniappe Academies inspires students to celebrate their cultural heritage and embrace new opportunities.

Lagniappe Academies has a unique method of achieving a strong, comprehensive student and staff culture. Using research from the field of positive psychology, their school culture promotes well-being, resilience, relationships, and good habits. Additionally, Lagniappe Academies is one of 341 open-enrollement schools in the state with 90% or more of their students who receive free or reduced lunches and only one of 22 schools in the state to receive a letter grade of “A” or “B.”

Check out some photos and videos of the event below.

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Waltrip High School’s Masterclass with Ben Jaffe and Mark Braud

On Friday, December 5th, Mark Braud and Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined the students of Waltrip High School for a Masterclass with their top jazz band. During their hour masterclass, students performed for Ben Jaffe and Mark Braud on a variety of tunes from their current repertoire.

Check out these photos from their masterclass below:

 

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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A Performance from the University School from Cleveland, OH

On Friday, March 14th, the Preservation Hall Foundation hosted the University School One O’Clock Jazz Ensemble from Cleveland, OH. The band’s director, David Kay, brought the group on a tour, where the students were presented to perform in a wide variety of venues and locations.

We were thrilled to have them open for the Southern Syncopaters, where they played a variety of tunes and showcased what they had been learning at school. Check out these pictures from their performance!

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Recap: Mr. Bill Cannon, Senior Wish

In conjunction with Senior Wish, a national 501c3 whose vision is to initiate a cultural change by granting the wish of a lifetime to deserving seniors throughout the United States, the Preservation Hall Foundation helped bring Mr.Bill Cannon’s wish to life. Bill Cannon, 84 from Kingsport, TN has had a passion for music ever since his Uncle gave him a clarinet at the age of 15. He played the clarinet and the saxophone, and as a younger man played in a  couple of clubs in New York City. Bill’s wish was to be able to immerse himself in the culture of Jazz music in New Orleans since he has never been able to experience it.

Bill Cannon visited Preservation Hall on Friday, August 4th to catch Leroy Jones and the Preservation Hall Jazz Masters. He had a throughly good time, and was beaming with joy during conversations with Daniel “Wennie” Farrow between set breaks. Take a look at his visit to Preservation Hall below:

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