Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Preservation Hall Recordings is proud to announce the upcoming August 5th official release of three new projects: Preservation Hall Jazz Band:The Hurricane Sessions CD/DVD, Joe Lastie Jr. and The Lastie Family Gospel, and Carl LeBlanc: New Orleans' Seventh Ward Griot. Here's a brief description of each:

This is the CD/DVD that was previously only available in the the Made In New Orleans Box Collection. The CD spans four decades at Preservation Hall including audio tracks by Billie & Dede Pierce, Percy & Willie Humphrey, Sing Miller, Sister Gertrude Morgan and of course the current incarnation of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band with tracks featuring late bandleader/trumpeter Mr. John Brunious. The Hurricane Sessions DVD highlights historical film footage of George Lewis, Kid Howard and company performing Redwing, PHJB featuring Billie & Dede Pierce at the Newport Jazz Festival, and a featured new music video 'Complicated Life' featuring vocalist Clint Maedgen.

JOE LASTIE JR. AND THE LASTIE FAMILY GOSPEL is the kind of recording that could never have been planned, arranged or rehearsed. PHJB Drummer Joe Lastie and his family’s stripped-down gospel sound has an intimacy and a purity of spirit that – along with a roof-shaking organ, courtesy of the Reverend Leon Vaughn – positively feeds the soul. It’s the unmistakable sound of family coming together for joy, praise and song, on the hallowed musical ground of Preservation Hall. And it’s a sound that can only come from the heart.

CARL LEBLANC: NEW ORLEANS SEVENTH WARD GRIOT: Wikipedia defines a griot as "a West African poet, praise singer, and wandering musician, considered a repository of oral tradition. New Orleans' 7th Ward multi-instrumentalist and musical guru Carl LeBlanc explores the depths of his musical upbringing, New Orleans musical neighborhood traditions and beyond.

Read more about these recordings on our official website by clicking HERE

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