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