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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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Take a Field Trip to Preservation Hall

Interested in bringing your school or students on a field trip to experience and learn more about traditional New Orleans Jazz? Look no further than Preservation Hall!

At Preservation Hall, the term “traditional” is taken quite literally; the older generation teaches the music to the younger musicians, and from them to their successors. The facilitation of this tradition passing is fundamental – whether it’s played during celebrations at Mardi Gras, during the burial of loved ones in New Orleans funeral ceremonies, or for audiences worldwide, Traditional New Orleans Jazz serves not only as a vital component of New Orleans culture but also represents a historical lineage to the earliest forms of jazz itself.

Since 2012, the Preservation Hall Foundation has been supporting music education, academic research, historical archiving and promotional outreach campaigns to create greater awareness and appreciation for Traditional New Orleans Jazz and the communities that support it. The Foundation’s primary activity is developing educational programming, targeting troubled areas in New Orleans with no current music programs in their schools. These programs focus on experiential settings for students to learn by playing and receive mentorship from professional teaching artists. In addition, the Preservation Hall Foundation provides field trips for students in Kindergarden through College ages.

Student concert field trips hosted at Preservation Hall feature 60-minute concert experience, with a performance by Preservation Hall performers, a short presentation on New Orleans Jazz, and the history of Preservation Hall.

CLICK HERE to request more information or to set up your field trip today!

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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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.

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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Photo Recap: The Packer Collegiate Institute Masterclass

On Tuesday, March 18th, the Preservation Hall Foundation hosted the Packer Collegiate Institute for a masterclass and private concert with their 19-piece big band.

Led by Jeffrey Hills, Darryl Adams, and Frank Oxley, the masterclass taught the students about styles and types of songs played in the Traditional New Orleans Jazz repertoire, as well as how to better their ensemble playing both in small and large groups. Check out these pictures from their trip here:

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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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Check out these Photos from the LEAF Field Trip

In March, our friends from the LEAF Schools and Streets joined us for field trip for a day of master classes. The field trip, completely supported by donations, allow their students to journey to the heart of jazz music and cultural traditions, in the city of New Orleans, where jazz was born. Their young blossoming musicians spent spring break performing at the historic Congo Square Festival, sharpening their skills with a master class at Preservation Hall and later dancing to a live performance performed by their mentors. Their students were able to learn from Maynard Chatters, who reminded students that “Music is universal…the language is the same no matter where you go.”

Check out these great photos of students from the LEAF during their master class!

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We just received a sweet thank you note from our friends at the LEAF in Asheville, NC. From their kind words they sent us, we happy to know that their students were able to learn a bit more about New Orleans culture and music.  LEAF THANK YOUAbout the LEAF: LEAF Schools and Streets is a local educational outreach program matching artists with youth in schools and communities for hands-on workshops, residencies, interactive performances and mentoring that includes opportunities for youth to perform with artists at LEAF and beyond! Teaching Artists are from the local, regional and international community. The program is designed to reach children and adults of different socio-economic backgrounds in the Asheville area and Western NC. LSS was inspired by LEAF executive director’s godchildren who were living in public housing. She saw a huge lack in access to the arts for children living in the Klondyke Apartments in the Montford neighborhood of Asheville. Like the LEAF Festival, LSS proves that music and the arts can bridge cultures and create life-altering, community-building experiences. Our LSS programs provide an opportunity for youth participants to attend and perform at LEAF alongside their Teaching Artists. Participating youth gain self-esteem and cultural awareness while experiencing multiple interactions with performing artists, being a performer on stage, and a festival adventure. For more information, please visit

Photo Recap: The Tasalimah Ragtime Quartet

This past Wednesday, August 1st, the Preservation Hall Foundation hosted the Taslimah Bey Ragtime Quartet at Preservation Hall.

Taslimah P. Bey began studying classical music at age 16, and switched to jazz in her senior year of high school.  In 1985, Taslimah presented the Ragtime Legacy, a lecture/concert on the compositions of early ragtime composers, including Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Artie Matthews, Eubie Blake and James P. Johnson.  In 1986, she formed Taslimah’s Ragtime Band, in an effort to expand upon previous ragtime presentations to include her band arrangements for ragtime compositions.  The band includes a rotating roster of jazz greats Marcus Belgrave, Charlie Gabriel, Marion Hayden, Greg Patrick, Tony Holland, Raycee Biggs and James Carter.  In May, 2001, Taslimah received the award for the Preservation of African-American Music from the Societie for the Culturally Concerned in Detroit.  Taslimah has performed at Greenfield Village for the past 15 years, and is a headline artist at Greenfield Village’s Ragtime Street Fair.  Taslimah has also performed at the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri and the Music on the Plaza Jazz Series in Grosse Pointe.

Taslimah’s Ragtime Quartet included Mr. Charlie Gabriel, of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as Greg Patrick, and Marion Hayden. Check out the incredible photos below as they presented and preserved the ragtime style here at Preservation Hall.



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