Archive for the tag “Music Outreach”

Outreach Recap: The Joybox Express and Roots of Music masterclass at Preservation Hall

On Saturday, November 15th, the Preservation Hall Foundation was joined by the Joybox Express to conduct a very special performance and masterclass for the students of the Roots of Music.

The Joybox Express is a 501(c)(3) that raises money for charitable organizations that enhance the quality of children’s lives, focusing on those that provide access to programs in the arts & athletics. In their most recent endeavor, they paired up with Artrain to travel the entire length of the Mississippi River by bicycle, from the headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to New Orleans. Pushing off on September 1, they visited dozens of communities in this 95-day, 2,000-mile journey, offering concerts, workshops, and Group Rides to as many people as possible, especially kids when possible. Eleven educators were a part of their team, preparing materials and a suggested curriculum to maximize the educational impact of our  visits.

Check out these incredible photos from their time at Preservation Hall!

 

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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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Outreach Recap: Rickie Monie and Ronell Johnson work with BCPAC students

On Thursday, October 16th, Rickie Monie and Ronell Johnson of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band visited a few schools in Bradford, PA as a part of the Preservation Hall Foundation‘s ongoing outreach initiates while the band is out on tour with Allen Toussaint.

Mr. Monie and Mr. Johnson started their masterclasses at Fretz Middle School, teaching their middle school band students more about improvisation. The band played a riveting version of “Saints go Marching In” at the conclusion of the class, one of their first performances as a full band!

Later in the afternoon, they joined students at School Street Elementary, a group of beginner band students who had yet to play their first full tune together. After teaching the student more about playing together as a band, they learned and subsequently played “Hot Cross Buns.” It was a treat not only for their students, but for Mr. Monie and Mr. Johnson.

Check out these photos from their masterclass!

 

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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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Photo Recap: Silence is Violence Field Trip to Preservation Hall

On Saturday, May 31st, the PresHall Brass and the Preservation Hall Foundation welcomed local non-profit Silence is Violence and their Peace Music Clinic musicians. Their students were introduced to the hall, its history, and danced all throughout the PresHall Brass’s performance.

Check out these photos from their time at Preservation Hall!

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About Silence is Violence:

SilenceIsViolence is a campaign for peace in New Orleans, founded following the murders of musician Dinerral Shavers (December 28, 2006) and filmmaker Helen Hill (January 4, 2007). Dinerral and Helen were beloved friends, neighbors, and artists of New Orleans’ Bywater-Marigny district. Following these tragedies, Ken Foster, Helen Gillet, and Baty Landis organized a march to New Orleans City Hall to express dismay at the silence of city leadership on the issue of violent crime.

The January 11, 2007 March For Survival was attended by 5,000 concerned citizens. On that day, citizens from all parts of the city spoke directly to our leaders and each other about their fears and hopes for a safer and more equitable city—and SilenceIsViolence was founded.

The mission of the Silence is Violence is to call upon both citizens and public officials to achieve a safe New Orleans across all communities. We engage youth in positive expressions and actions to counter the culture of violence. We demand respect for every life, and justice for every citizen in our city.

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!

FRIDAY 

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

SATURDAY

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Keb Mo. Photo: Dino Perrucci

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Keb Mo. Photo: Dino Perrucci

SUNDAY

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.

Photo Recap: The Mission Bay Preservationists Perform at Preservation Hall

On Friday, April 18th, we were joined by the Mission Bay Preservationists, a traditional youth jazz band based out of San Francisco, CA. The band has been featured at venues throughout San Diego County and California including: Anthology, House of Blues, Dizzy’s, Petco Park, Sea World, Tango Del Rey, Lux Art Institute, Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival, and the Sacramento Jazz Festival. This is their second time performing at Preservation Hall – their first performance was back in 2012. 

Check out these photos of their performance below!

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Video Recap: Preservation Hall Jazz Band gets interviewed by students of Bennett School

In November, 2013, Preservation Hall Jazz Band was interviewed by Bennett Intermediate School‘s 5th grade students as a part of their Project Based Learning. In this project, students learned further about music, the city of New Orleans, and of course, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Take a look at the video from this amazing experience for Bennett Intermediate School’s students.

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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