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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

 

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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Little Kids Rock Meet the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

On November 1st, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band were joined by students from the Little Kids Rock from Brooklyn, NY for an open soundcheck.

Little Kids Rock is one of the largest free music education programs, having aided in the development of more than 325,000 under-served schoolchildren across the U.S. access to fun, engaging, Modern Band music classes and brand new instruments at no cost to the students, teachers, or school districts. The group of students that came to the sound check were only a few of their many talented students. It was a great opportunity for some of their students to attend their first performance and to observe and learn more about professional musicians, their processes, and soundcheck.

Check out some of the photos of their time with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band!

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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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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!

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: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Masterclass at OKCU

On Thursday, September 25th, the Preservation Hall Foundation and Oklahoma City University hosted the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a masterclass for some of their up-and-coming music performance students, led under the director of Professor of Trumpet, Michael Anderson. During the masterclass, students performed tunes such as “The Preacher,” “All of Me,” and “La Vie En Rose” and enhanced their performances under the guidance of Ben Jaffe, Rickie Monie, Joe Lastie, and Mark Braud.

Check out these photos from their masterclass:

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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 Jazz Band Outreach Event at Battersea Park

On July 3rd, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band  performed songs from the New Orleans traditional jazz repertoire and selections from their new album of original songs, “That’s It!” at Battersea Park for an outreach performance. During the show, Creative Director Ben Jaffe, whose parents started the legendary venue of the band in 1961, briefly discussed the origins of jazz in New Orleans, a history of Preservation Hall and its significance of in the American Civil Rights movement.

Check out this video of the performance below!

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