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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

 

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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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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!

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.

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band to Appear on WWOZ’s Cuttin’ Class Series

For over 30 years WWOZ has put New Orleans music, past and present, on the airwaves. Now they are looking to the future by showcasing Nola’s newest crop of young musicians. Together with Coventry Health Care of Louisiana, WWOZ is thrilled to present Cuttin’ Class – a series of live in-studio performances by middle and high school age students from the Greater New Orleans area.

Each Cuttin’ Class presentation brings young Nola musicians to the studio to give them the chance to perform on live radio. The show hosts sits down with the band leaders to talk about the band, what it’s like to be young musician, and about the music education opportunities in New Orleans. The future is in our hands, and we want to give it all the encouragement and support we can. The schools and organizations bringing bands to Cuttin’ Class are doing just that: making sure that New Orleans music is a passed on down through the generations.

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band is honored and thrilled to be a part of this music series. Tune into WWOZ 90.7 on Tuesday, April 2nd at 10:00am to catch our fine young talents perform Traditional New Orleans Jazz! Don’t live in New Orleans, no problem! You can also stream the performance live at http://www.wwoz.org!

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band to Appear at the ELCA Youth Gathering

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band is excited to announce that they will be performing as a part of the ELCA Youth Gathering this July 21st.

The ELCA Youth Gathering brings over 32,000 high school students to New Orleans from July 18th to July 22nd, designed to teach students discipleship, peacemaking, and justice. This year’s theme, Citizens with the Saints, is designed to have students take a further look at the rich and diverse history and culture of New Orleans. 

We are happy to have the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band perform as a part of this event. Stay tuned for more performances with the Junior Jazz band this summer! 

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