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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:



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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Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Farm Aid, 2014!

This Saturday, September 13th, join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform at Farm Aid, 2014.Farm Aid features the best that music has to offer, while remaining true to its ultimate mission – supporting family farmers on their land.

For 28 years, Farm Aid has been supporting farmers and strengthening America. Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.

The Preservation Hall Foundation is honored to help bring and sponsor the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performance at Farm Aid! Don’t forget to check out the Farm Aid Youtube page during the concert to see footage from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many other incredible artists!

Preservation Hall Foundation Hosts the Capital Focus Jazz Band

On Thursday, July 31st, we hosted the Capital Focus Jazz Band, the Youth Learning Program of the Potomac River Jazz Club. Led under the direction of Dave Robinson, the group marvelously played Traditional New Orleans Jazz standards with the utmost flair. The group is open to all young musicians in the greater Washington D.C. area, by audition, and provides young people with a positive means of expression, as well as self-confidence gained through professional performance experiences.

The Capital Focus Jazz Band raised funds for their trip via indiegogo, and also performed as a part of the Satchmo SummerFest. We can’t wait to see what their students do next!

Check out these photos of their performance at Preservation Hall.

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PresHall Brass at the NAUW Convention

On Tuesday, July 29th, the PresHall Brass performed for the National Association of University Women (NAUW) Convention, an event sponsored by the Preservation Hall Foundation. The NAUW is an organization that was founded in 1910, with the mission to serve women, youth and the disadvantaged communities and in developing countries by addressing educational issues, advancing the status of women’s issues, and strategically partnering with allied organizations.

Check out these 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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Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band Alumni Plays with the Preservation Hall Stars!

Tuesday, February 25th, Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band Alumni, John Michael Bradford, performed his first official show at Preservation Hall. 

Performing with Shannon Powell and the Preservation Hall Stars, John Michael masterfully performed 3 show at 8:15, 9:15, and 10:15pm, with musicians including Mitchell Player, David Harris, Christian Winther, and Mari Watanabe. His education from the past few years was evident as he held his own throughout the night. 

Check out these great pictures from the performance!

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As always, if you know a child interested in learning more about Traditional New Orleans Jazz, please contact Ashley Shabankareh at 


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!

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Liga MAC A.C. Jazz Fest 2013!

This past Friday, March 22nd, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band had the honor of performing as a part of the 9th Annual Liga MAC JazzFest!

Liga MAC strives to offer a “helping hand” to low income families of San Jose del Cabo to ensure that they are well-nourished, have access to medical care, and to provide children and adults with the opportunity to continue their education. Liga MAC has been a registered Mexican charity since 1997, and it is made up of Mexicans, Americans, and Canadians (MAC). Liga MAC’s JazzFest is their primary fundraiser which helps them raise a major part of their anual budget. In 2012, with the funds raised at their 8th Annual JazzFest, Liga MAC helped over 2000 low-income families in crisis in San Jose del Cabo.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was happy to perform as a part of their JazzFest in order to help raise funds for their Basic Needs Programs, Medical Assistance Program, and Educational Support Program. Check out pictures from their performance at the JazzFest, with special Guest Charmaine Neville.

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The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band to Appear at the Festival of Trees

This Friday, November 30th, the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band will be performing at the Festival of Trees Benefit at the Louisiana Children’s Museum.

We’ll be celebrating the holiday season with the Louisiana Children’s Museum by performing as a part of the premiere of their enchanted forest of decorated trees created by community partners that represent the arts, culture, food, literature, and businesses of our region! The trees will be on display from December 1-21.

We are very excited to be a party of the Festival of Trees for the second year in a row! Join us tomorrow night for all the fun!

Dessert First Premiere Party
Friday, November 30th
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tickets $25 per person

Entertainment by Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs and The Preservation Hall Junior Brass Band

Savory delights provided by Criollo Restaurant

For more information about the Festival of Trees, please contact Rebecca Duckert, LCM Special Events Coordinator: (504) 266-2415 or

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