Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The fabled Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been giving concerts in Seattle recently. As this group is one of my husband’s favorites, this caught my eye, and I can say that if you are in Seattle or in any city they visit, make an effort to go! Zurich, Switzerland is their next stop!

Radio station KEXP 90.3FM and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcome The New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band for four nights of New Orleans style DixieLand Jazz in Seattle!

Band members:
Mark Braud (trumpet/vocals)
Charlie Gabriel (clarinet/vocals)
Clint Maedgen (tenor sax/vocals)
Joe Lastie Jr. (drums)
Freddie Lonzo (trombone)
Rickie Monie (piano) and
Ben Jaffe (tuba/string bass).

Set times at Jazz Alley club are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. Set time Sunday at 7:30pm. The doors open at 6:00pm on Thursday and 5:30pm Friday-Sunday.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band travels worldwide to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. They perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, for the British Royalty and the King of Thailand (who grew up loving and playing Jazz as he attended M.I.T. in Boston) and may come to a city near you! PHJB enthusiastically introduce the music’s joyful, timeless spirit. It’s an evening that you’ll always remember!

The mission of Preservation Hall is to showcase and nurture one of America’s greatest indigenous national, cultural treasures – New Orleans Jazz. That mission is as important today as it was when Preservation Hall officially opened it’s doors in 1961.

Their most recent release is “Preservation, An Album Benefiting Preservation Hall and Its Music Outreach Program” which is a landmark collaboration bringing together legendary and emerging artists including: Pete Seeger, Tom Waits, Merle Hagard, Jim James, Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile, Dr. John and more.

The album is a timeless and joyous celebration of New Orleans music.

Producer Ben Jaffe, PHJB Creative Director and son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe says “Our community is deeply rooted in a tradition of using music to rejoice, heal and overcome adversity. We play music at our funerals to uplift our spirits during our deepest and darkest emotional moments”.

His goal on this project was “to create new works steeped in the New Orleans Tradition with artists from diverse musical genres and backgrounds who all share a mutual admiration and deep appreciation for our cultural heritage.”

Preservation Hall is located in New Orleans, in the French Quarter, just three blocks from the Mississippi River. It remains the intimate venue it originally was when it first opened for music concerts in 1961, as a performance space dedicated to honoring, celebrating and perpetuating New Orleans jazz.

Preservation Hall was originally erected as a Spanish Tavern in the 1750s. The building has housed many businesses over the years including a tavern during the war of 1812. It is a modest French Quarter structure. The building has no running water or air conditioning, and the only seating accommodations are six benches and a few cushions strewn about the worn wooden floor. Its raw and weather-beaten exterior remains unpainted, but it provides a venue for strictly welcoming people of all ages interested in having one of the last pure music experiences left on the earth..

Fifty years later, the Preservation Hall continues to ensure the cultural legacy and the future of this beautiful tradition, by allowing young and old to collaborate together. In the true cultural spirit of New Orleans, legendary and emerging artists donated their time to travel to the City to record this special compilation album benefiting Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program.

Many of the band’s charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early twentieth century including:
Buddy Bolden
Jelly Roll Morton
Louis Armstrong
Bunk Johnson.

These founding artists and dozens of others passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation who now follow in their footsteps like the current lineup.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

See if you can attend! And, you should also be aware of the Jazz Concert at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), which is free after museum admission. This week’s concert is:

SAM Performs – Art of Jazz
Bill Anschell & Brent Jensen
April 8, 2010
5:30–7:30 pm
in the Brotman Forum

They are a Simpatico jazz piano and saxophone duo.

Hear some of the best local and national jazz artists perform, plus sign up to win fabulous prizes from KPLU and Seattle Weekly.

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