Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Orleans' ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008: Preservation Hall's Gospel Revival

Below is the official Press Release for "The Preservation Hall Gospel Revival" at the Essence Music Festival here in New Orleans(this coming weekend). The Sunday, July 6th performance will feature The Preservation Hall Jazz Band with special guest vocalist Big Al Carson, Joe Lastie Jr. and The Lastie Family Gospel, and Leo Jackson with the Melody Clouds Quartet.

- JUNE 16, 2008 -


Sunday night’s Gospel Revival explores the roots of New Orleans Gospel!

(June 16, 2008, New Orleans, LA)-- Preservation Hall is excited to announce its first Gospel Revival at the 2008 Essence Music Festival on Sunday July 6, at 7:30 pm. An exploration of New Orleans illustrious Gospel tradition, Preservation Hall’s Gospel Revival features three distinct musical groups including Joe Lastie Jr. and the Lastie Family Gospel with Reverend Leon Vaughan, Leo Jackson and The Melody Clouds Quartet and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with special guest vocalist Big Al Carson. Tickets are available by visiting or by calling 800 488-5252 or by visiting any ticketmaster outlet. For a complete Essence Music Schedule, visit

The Lastie Family and its 15-person Gospel choir deliver a soul-stirring gospel experience. As one of New Orleans famed musical families, The Lastie’s roots in the church date back several generations to Deacon Frank Lastie. With the devastated 9th ward neighborhood as their home base, the Lastie family has produced numerous noteworthy musicians including legendary vocalist Jessie Hill, drummer Herlin Riley and Preservation Hall Jazz Band drummer, Joe Lastie Jr. After the storm, Joe Lastie Jr. and Ben Jaffe, Creative Director of Preservation Hall, reassembled the Lastie Family including matriarch, Aunt Bettie Ann and Reverend Leon Vaughan, and recorded The Lastie Family Gospel, it’s latest release on Preservation Hall Records.

With soaring vocals and perfect harmonies, Leo Jackson and The Melody Clouds Quartet are a rollicking all-male quartet whose synchronized vocals are driven by a pulsating band. Founded in 1965 by Leo Jackson Sr., the Melody Clouds echo back to the famed Gospel quartets of the past.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band with famed vocalist Big Al Carson as a special guest will explore the links between Gospel, Blues, and the Jazz tradition of New Orleans. “We are proud to share the sounds of New Orleans Gospel with Gospel lovers from around the country at the Essence Music Festival. This revival allows us to perpetuate the musical traditions of New Orleans”, states Ben Jaffe, Creative Director of Preservation Hall."


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

Sorry we've gone for a while.

Hello friends of Preservation Hall/Made In New Orleans Blog,
So it's been a while since we've posted. Well what can we say, it's been an interesting couple of months here at The Hall-new Preservation Hall Recordings, announcement of PHJB summer tours, announcement of European tours, and even more recording. Details on the forementioned to follow...