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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!

St. Peter and 57th Street on Sale NOW!

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Live at Carnegie Hall album: St. Peter & 57th St. (Released September 25th)

In commemoration and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the iconic venue Preservation Hall, the prolific New Orleans jazz legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band has released a live recording of the band’s acclaimed January 7th performance at Carnegie Hall.

Entitled St. Peter and 57th St. (September 25thRounder Records), the album features a number of special guests from an assortment of genres including, George Wein, Del McCoury Band, Allen Toussaint, Ed Helms, GIVERS, Steve Earle, Tao Seeger, My Morning Jacket, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), King Britt, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. 

ORDER YOUR COPY OF ST. PETER AND 57TH STREET NOW!

The concert was orchestrated to benefit the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, directly supporting the passing of the musical and cultural traditions of New Orleans to the city’s next generation of musicians. The Preservation Hall Foundation was able to bring five of our senior members of the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band to perform for the 50th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall. These students included John Michael Bradford (trumpet), William Hightower (Clarinet), Jasmine Batiste (Tenor Sax), Jose Bessleman (Drums), and Jeffery Miller (trombone). Our students with the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band are additionally featured on the album, and a portion of the proceeds from the album will benefit the program, insuring that our classes continue to remain free for all local area New Orleans students.

St. Peter and 57th St. is on sale now! Pick up your copy today!

ORDER YOUR COPY OF ST. PETER AND 57TH STREET NOW!

St. Peter and 57th St. Release on September 25th – Pre-order Through Amazon.com

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Live at Carnegie Hall album: St. Peter & 57th St. (To be released September 25th, 2012)

In commemoration and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the iconic venue Preservation Hall, the prolific New Orleans jazz legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band are set to release a live recording of the band’s acclaimed January 7th performance at Carnegie Hall.

Entitled St. Peter and 57th St. (September 25thRounder Records), the album will feature a number of special guests from an assortment of genres including, George Wein, Del McCoury Band, Allen Toussaint, Ed Helms, GIVERS, Steve Earle, Tao Seeger, My Morning Jacket, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), King Britt, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. 

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF ST. PETER & 57TH ST. @ AMAZON!

The concert was orchestrated to benefit the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, directly supporting the passing of the musical and cultural traditions of New Orleans to the city’s next generation of musicians. The Preservation Hall Foundation was able to bring five of our senior members of the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band to perform for the 50th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall. These students included John Michael Bradford (trumpet), William Hightower (Clarinet), Jasmine Batiste (Tenor Sax), Jose Bessleman (Drums), and Jeffery Miller (trombone). Our students with the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band are additionally featured on the album, and a portion of the proceeds from the album will benefit the program, insuring that our classes continue to remain free for all local area New Orleans students.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF ST. PETER & 57TH ST. @ AMAZON!

Check Out This Article from the NY Times – “Tribute to New Orleans, Inside and Out” by Jon Pareles

New York times writer Jon Pareles recaps Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s night in Carnegie Hall

Photo by Art Mintz – NY Times
    The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a quintessential New Orleans institution, discovered new out-of-town admirers after Hurricane Katrina, and it brought many of them along for a concert on Saturday night at Carnegie Hall to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  Preservation Hall, at 726 St. Peter Street, started in 1961 as a place where longtime New Orleans musicians could play the city’s most traditional jazz. It gathered a core Preservation Hall Jazz Band that performs regularly at the hall itself, with personnel gradually changing through the years. Ben Jaffe, the bassist and sousaphone player who is the group’s current creative director, is the son of the band’s previous director, Allan Jaffe. Other band members including the drummer Joe Lastie, the trombonist Freddie Lonzo and the clarinetist Charlie Gabriel, come from multigenerational musical families.


After the devastation of New Orleans in 2005, jam bands, indie-rockers, and fellow long-running traditional groups supported and collaborated with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The largest project was “Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program,” a two-CD collection released in 2010. At Carnegie Hall, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Del McCoury BandMy Morning JacketSteve EarleMerrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) were on hand. So were the New Orleans-born musicians Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint, who sang a tribute to the band for putting “pride in your stride.” While it’s a paradox that welcoming outsiders and trying out hybrids is a survival tactic for a deeply local tradition, that’s a fact of life for present-day New Orleans.


At Carnegie Hall, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band showed how easily it could hop from era to era. It could work like a rhythm-and-blues horn section or a tightly arranged little big band if need be, but it could also switch back into the polyphonic glories of vintage New Orleans jazz, in which nearly every instrument seems to improvise around the tune at the same time.


That’s what the band did on its own, in standards like “Bourbon Street Parade” (sung by its trumpeter, Mark Braud) — and, even more exuberantly, backing excerpts from the Trey McIntyre Project’s dance suite “Ma Maison,” with members in skeleton masks and harlequin costumes. The band also brought a New Orleans shimmy and wink to some of its guests: Tiffany Lamson of the Louisiana band Givers with “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” and Ms. Garbus belting “Careless Love.”


The band was more somber for a doleful version of “St. James Infirmary” sung by Jim James of My Morning Jacket; the song then turned upbeat for a return of the dancers. For Mr. Earle’s “This City,” a tribute to New Orleans, the band deferred to his roots rock. But there was a dialogue between traditions when Mr. McCoury’s bluegrass band shared songs with Preservation Hall; clarinet and fiddle traded solos that stayed true to their own idioms, while the rhythm meshed.


A big finale filled the stage as the Blind Boys of Alabama; Mr. McCoury; and Preservation Hall’s saxophonist, Clint Maedgen took turns singing the gospel standard “I’ll Fly Away” backed by the night’s full roster. But after the guests cleared away, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band returned along with teenaged musicians from its Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band, whose members get lessons from the elder band Musical Outreach. They played — of course — “When the Saints Go Marching In,” with an old-fashioned polyphonic swagger that promised continuity for another New Orleans generation.


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