Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The New Animated Video! Unleashed! Toon In!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Coming Next Week - ST. PETER STREET SERENADE! [10.20.09]

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's almost here!

Next Tuesday, October 20, St. Peter Street Serenade hits the Virtual Streets! Available exclusively on iTunes, this exciting new package from Preservation Hall Recordings will feature four small-group arrangements from the Preservation Hall Hot 4, the much-anticipated King Britt remix of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's "St. James Infirmary," and three music videos! To celebrate the release of our first-ever download-only package, we'll be launching the animated video for "St. James Infirmary" at midnight on our official website -


Friday, October 9, 2009




Founder of Roots of Music
Finalist for Hero of the Year!
Voting Open NOW - Nov. 19th @ 5am CT

The Roots of Music is New Orleans' only free, year-round music education program. The program provides music education in history, theory, instrumental instruction and ensemble performance. Furthermore, academic tutoring is offered to ensure students maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in school. Through funding from donations and sponsors, Roots of Music is able to provide students bus transportation, instruments and a meal for free. Tabb calls it his "no excuse" policy; everything is provided so there are no excuses. With a 90 percent attendance rate, his formula seems to be working, approximatley 85 percent of the students have improved their grades since beginning the program. The program currently served 106 kids, and has a waiting list of over 400.

"I hope everyone in New Orleans votes for me," Tabb said. And so does The Backbeat Foundation! You don't have to be in New Orleans to vote for Tabb. Roots of Music is a model program that could work in any challenged environment.

The ten finalists were chosen by a panel from more than 9,000 submissions.
The winner will be announced on "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," to be televised at 8 p.m. November 26. The winner will receive $100,000. Voting to select the Hero of the Year is being conducted through an online poll at, ending November 19 (5 a.m. CT).

Be sure to cast your vote & spread the word!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


final night of Austin City Limits Music Festival
Tuba player Ben Jaffe, tenor sax player Clint Maedgen and clarinetist Charlie Gabriel brought New Orleans music to life as part of the Austin City Limits music festival Sunday night.
Monday, October 5, 2009 | Dane Anderson
"The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was the perfect band to close the Wildflower Center stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival Sunday. With pure delight emanating from the dancing audience, the eight-piece band brought the full magic and history of New Orleans music to life with energy and passion that underscores music as the universal language that tames even the mud-caked beasts.

Many in the audience were unable to contain themselves in chairs and rushed to the front of the stage to dance and sing along as the first few tunes caught fire. In sweat-soaked grey suits and ties, the band members grinned at the audience and smiled at each other, happy for the chance to share their music with fans who really love the genre.

The band started out hot and ended steaming, with a rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “Ol’ Man Mose,” and their own versions of essentials “Tailgate Ramble,” “Shimmy,” “Sugar Blues” and “Mama Don’t Want .” Standouts included Walter Payton singing “Shimmy” with his head thrown back, eyes closed and a grin across his face during pauses. The man and the music conjured up every ghost great of New Orleans past in memory.

Members of the band that graced the Wildflower stage on Sunday night were Ben Jaffe on tuba, Charlie Gabriel on clarinet, Payton on string bass, Clint Maedgen on tenor sax, Mark Braud on trumpet, Rickie Monie on keyboard, Freddie Lonzo on trombone and Joe Lastie on drums. These eight men are on a mission, and that mission delivers a big slice of heaven on earth to those lucky enough to catch a live performance. They want to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans jazz. Judging from Sunday night’s performance, they’ve got the pipes to do just that..."




Posted on Oct 5th 2009 11:45AM by Michael D. Ayers

"With soaring costs of tickets, food and beverages, it's rare to get anything for free at a concert, so it was a rare treat when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band made sure their Austin City Limits audience didn't go away empty handed. During the classic song 'Ice Cream,' where the New Orleans band sings the "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream," line, a cooler on the side stage was opened and the horn section broke out several boxes of ice cream sandwiches, cones and fruit bars and tossed them out into the crowd. And it was a simple but popular gesture, as people were literally screaming for these handouts.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band proved to be a big draw for those who wanted to dance to some of the finest traditional Dixieland jazz ever written. Opening with their timeless classic 'Bourbon Street Parade,' the group set the tone for their hour-long set by playing upbeat and energetic numbers, making for a Mardi Gras feel in the mud of Zilker Park. And the group was pretty excited to play, as trumpet player Mark Braud explained "our [New Orleans] Saints gave the Jets a good old fashioned butt-whooping today."

Other highlights included the soulful ballad 'My Sweet Substitute' and a playful version of 'I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate.' The Preservation Hall Jazz Band are touring the US and Europe now through January 2010."

Live review: Preservation Jazz Hall Band

By John T. Davis | Sunday, October 4, 2009, 09:04 PM

"If you were among the discriminating cognoscenti who partook of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s set at the Wildflower Stage on Sunday night, you have a right to strut a bit. You were, after all, among the couple of thousand or so folks (yeah, I’m talking about you, you Dan Auerbach and Spearhead fans) who weren’t climbing each other’s shoulders for a glimpse of Girl Talk or queuing up for Pearl Jam. There is more to life than headline acts.

And no matter how many chart-toppers ACL books, I hope there will always be room for acts like PHJB. They are among those heirloom performers who carry the torch and maintain the foundations for all the myriad acts that populate the ACL stages.

They’re a barrel of fun, to boot. A multi-generational array of jazz men, they’ve been spreading the gospel of classic New Orleans jazz and Dixieland since Preservation Hall opened its doors in the French Quarter in 1961. Today, the group is helmed by Benjamin Jaffe, the son of Allan Jaffe, who helmed the first incarnation of PHJB. But though the players change (though the virtuosity seemingly does not), the repertoire remains a timeless blend of rags, jump blues, brass band music, Dixieland, hot jazz and American standards..."


Monday, October 5, 2009

King Britt Reflects on Upcoming St. James Infirmary Release!

Through the magic of iChat, we recently sat down for an online conversation with legendary Philadelphia-based DJ, producer and media mogul King Britt about the upcoming release of St. Peter Street Serenade, the iTunes digital package from Preservation Hall featuring the animated music video for King Britt's remix of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing "St. James Infirmary."

Available from iTunes, 10/20/09

Friday, October 2, 2009

Roots of Music founder Derrick Tabb is CNN Hero of the Year finalist

By Dave Walker

October 01, 2009, 5:59PM

Derrick Tabb, Rebirth Brass Band drummer and founder of The Roots of Musiceducation program in New Orleans, is one of 10 nominees for CNN’s Hero of the Year.Derrick_Tabb.jpgDerrick Tabb of the Rebirth Brass drummer and founder of The Roots of Music program heard that he’d be a finalist for CNN's Hero of the Year award via a phone call Wednesday night. Thursday, Anderson Cooper announced the finalists on CNN.

He receives $25,000 for the honor, and will join the other nominees – who include the founder of a mobile soup kitchen in New York, an Indonesian orphanage operator and a Filipino literacy advocate – at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” to be televised at 8 p.m. November 26.

At that event, one of the 10 will be selected CNN Hero of the Year and will be awarded an additional $100,000.

Public voting for the top prize – won last year by Liz McCartney, cofounder of the St. Bernard Project – begins at 10 p.m. Thursday (October 1) at

Tabb heard that he’d be a finalist via phone call Wednesday night. Thursday, Anderson Cooper announced the finalists on CNN throughout the afternoon and evening.

I’m still very surprised,” Tabb said. “The program is going to benefit, hopefully, by the exposure and recognition. People will know that they have kids out here not trying to get in trouble, who want to do other things.”

Tabb added that the program currently enrolls 106 students, with a waiting list that tops 400.

“I hope everyone in New Orleans votes for me,” he said. The ten finalists were chosen by a panel from more than 9,000 submissions.

Panelists include Kirk Cameron, Masi Oka, Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Jackson, Elton John, Shakira, Tavis Smiley, Ted Turner and others.