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In some ways, The Preservation Hall Jazz band is the face of New Orleans. Here is the beginning of the profile of the band at its site, which is split between the band and the hall itself:

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label. Continue Reading...
Above is Tailgate Ramble. Below is Basin Street Blues. Only When the Saints Come Marching In is more associated with the great city. Here are some nice photos from the recording of the band's latest album.

Originally posted to cweinsch on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:51 AM PST.

Also republished by An Ear for Music.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    blue armadillo, billmosby, Bill W

    Please visit The Daily Music Break for some good music.

    by cweinsch on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:51:23 AM PST

  •  This was my introduction to jazz of any kind (2+ / 0-)
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    billmosby, cweinsch

    I still love it...when I was married back in the 80's we looked far and wide to find a band that could play New Orleans jazz for the reception. Somehow, a call to the Smithsonian wound up being involved..but we did find a great jazz group and we had a BLAST.

    Sadly, my mother kept asking them to play polkas, however. The band leader finally said "Lady..if you'd wanted a polka band, you should have hired a polka band!"  I found out about this much later. What can you say....?? LOL

    Alas, after 28 the marriage is no more...but we had a good long run and I still love the music.

    "one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress" -- John Adams

    by blue armadillo on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:28:08 AM PST

  •  A blast from my past! (1+ / 0-)
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    cweinsch

    My grandmother Lois, who was born in September 1896, studied music and worked as a piano player in silent movie houses in the early teens while ragtime was still popular. She also taught piano for a number of decades. Her passion was ragtime and jazz, though.

    Because she moved to the French Quarter in the late 50s, it was only natural that as Preservation Hall was coming into being that she would gravitate to it. I was only about 10 years old in 1960 so I really don't know that much about her involvement with the place, but I do remember going to a jazz festival in about 1961 or 1962 and walking along with Preservation Hall members on a funeral march (probably not a real funeral, just a demonstration of one or a general celebration of the music), and being told that she generally helped out at the hall.

    I have one recording of her playing Sioux City Sue and 12th Street Rag while being recorded direct to disc by my dad sometime before I was born. They had to hurry her up at the end as they were running out of recording time. Her youngest son has much more of her playing on reel to reel, though.

    She lived until April of 1995 and saw a lot. Probably more than she really wanted to, as her husband died in 1933 and she had to raise her 4 boys mostly by herself from that point.

    Thanks for the memory jog!

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:31:30 AM PST

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