Friday, April 30, 2010

PHJB/MMJ group photo

We're having a blast out here!

photo by Clint Maedgen

Wanna go to the 2010 Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival?

Well, it's been an exciting few weeks on the road with My Morning Jacket! Two more nights of Midnight Preserves coming up at Preservation Hall. When it's all said and done with, we're taking a break and heading over to Alabama's Gulf Shores for the Hangout Beach Music & Arts Festival! (See below for details about this inaugural fest!)

Also, we've been given a pair of tickets to give away! Let us know if you'd like to attend by posting "I wanna go to the Hangout Fest with Preservation Hall! #preshallhangouttix" to your Facebook or Twitter account to enter our drawing (winner will be notified on May 3rd).

Hangout Festival May 14-16
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Getting Here
Pensacola is only 45 minutes away. Fly direct from Atlanta, Dallas Ft. Worth, Memphis, Charlotte, Miami, Tampa, Washington D.C., Chicago, Orlando, Charlotte, and Houston.

Driving Distances
New Orleans, LA- 190 mi.
Birmingham, AL- 278mi.
Atlanta, GA- 348 mi.
Huntsville, AL- 377mi.
Nashville, TN- 467mi.
Orlando, FL- 483mi.
Houston, TX- 515mi.
Charlotte, NC- 592mi.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Midnight Preserves Profile: LUKE WINSLOW-KING (04.23.10)

Luke Winslow-King and The Loose Marbles

Midnight, Friday April 23rd, 2010

Tickets $15, Available At The Door

Hailing from Cadilac Michigan, Luke Winslow-King is a singer, songsmith, and composer inspired by New Orleans jazz, rock, ragtime, impressionism, delta and country blues, poetry, folk, and classical music.

Beginning his studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, King studied music theory and composition at the University of New Orleans where he was awarded an ambassador scholarship to study Czech classical music at St. Charles University in Prague.

Back on the streets of the Crescent City he learned gospel and jazz standards accompanying John Boutte, picked up bottleneck guitar from blues maestro Roberto Luti, and memorized an entire repertoire of traditional jazz tunes playing with The Loose Marbles Jazz Band and the legendary Lisa Driscoll. In New York City, King studies composition privately and recorded with Grammy nominated avant-garde composer "Blue" Gene Tyranny, attended Jack Hardy's legendary songwriter's circle, performed in John Sinclair's Blues Scholars, and studied poetry with his writing partner Ji Un Choi who holds degrees in poetry from the University of Virginia and New York University.

King and fellow Earthwork Music founders Seth Bernard and Daniel Kahn Presented 'From California to the New York Island' the songs and stories of Woody Guthrie by taking it artistically and literally around the country in the fall of '03. Since then, King has recorded and collaborated on various albums for Earthwork Music and Tapes Records.

King has composed original theatre scores for productions of Henry James's "Turn of the Screw" in New Orleans with Cartoon network artist, filmmaker, and composer Cosmo Segurson, as well as a production of Georg Buchner's "Wozzeck" in Central Park, NYC. He has written original film scores for a feature-length script, "The Shotgun Waltz" and short films, "Pigeon" and "Wanted in Rome," which he also co-stars in as an actor.

To date, Luke Winslow-King is living in New Orleans. He has recorded two full length albums and is beginning work on his third.

Luke Winslow-King / Official Website

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 Midnight Preserves Profile: THE LOOSE MARBLES (04.23.10)

Loose Marbles
from The New Yorker
posted 05.08.07

The Loose Marbles is a sort of Amalgamated Jazz Corporation that creates subsidiaries around the city, to maximize tips and minimize boredom. The fifteen musicians play clarinet, trumpet, banjo, washboard, accordion, trombone, guitars, sousaphone, standup bass, and guitars, but you’re likely to see only seven or eight performers at any given gig. And since you rarely see the same configuration of instruments twice in a row, you rarely hear the same kind of jazz. If Patrick McPeck is there with the accordion, you’ll hear the Marbles’ repertoire of spooky, minor-keyed, Gypsy-influenced songs. If Alynda Segarra is there, with her banjo or washboard, and Jason Jurzek is on string bass instead of tuba, they’ll be playing songs that sound as if they were first performed in a hobo jungle during the Hoover Administration. In Washington Square, in New York, they split into two groups, one anchored by the tuba and the other anchored by the bass, and they play on opposite sides of the park. Halfway through the day, they’ll mix up the configurations to give both the musicians and the crowd a change of pace. At the end of the day, they pool all the tips and divide them equally...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Review: Bonnie "Prince" Billy at Preservation Hall

by Ryan Matteson

Depending on your preference, New Orleans can be laid back or rough and tumble. I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum on my brief sojourn in the Crescent City. Most of yesterday was spent tracking down recommendations from friends that have previously navigated the Magazine Street and the Garden district, providing ample distraction from the seemingly never ending alcohol free-flowing party the city offers in the tourist areas. I had another distraction that no amount of Cafe Du Monde Beignets could relieve. I had a ticket to see Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the Cairo Gang at the New Orleans landmark Preservation Hall...

Monday, April 5, 2010

"PRESERVATION" in the Boston Herald and NPR Music!

by Nate Dow

for the Boston Herald

“Preservation” (Preservation Hall) Grade: A
There’s more than an all-star cast of singers fronting the legendary New Orleans band here, among them Dr. John, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Brandi Carlisle, Merle Haggard, Angelique Kidjo and Pete Seeger. Bandleader Ben Jaffe, the son of the Preservation Hall founders, even resurrected New Orleans’ most famous son, Louis Armstrong, culling his voice from a 1960s recording of “Rockin’ Chair” for this remarkable CD, which benefits the Hall and its outreach program. Recording the artists with the band in its historic home in the French Quarter, each of the 19 songs (or 26 if you spend a few more bucks for a deluxe version) has a classic New Orleans tone even though the singers come from an array of genres. You’d never guess, for instance, that bluegrass king Del McCoury would sound so natural covering a Preservation Hall classic such as “After You’ve Gone.”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band:
Chiseling the Blues

by Mark Silver
for NPR Music

In the bitter old blues song "Some Cold Rainy Day," the dumpee declares to the dumper: You will come back someday — when it's cold and rainy and you're old and sick and your stomach "hangs like an empty sack." Bertha "Chippie" Hill made the tune a hit in the 1920s, but now it's been reinvented as a 2010 stunner by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with vocals by folk-rock singer Cory Chisel.

Chisel's rendition is featured on a new recording with a very long name that explains its purpose, Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. Many singers, young and old, perform with the famed New Orleans musicians. It's a gimmick, but the gimmick works.

The instrumentation here is traditional New Orleans jazz, cooked to perfection. In "Some Cold Rainy Day," a bluesy piano creates a gripping slow-drag framework. A tambourine rustles like a vengeful rattlesnake while a deep-throated tuba toots the pain of a busted heart. Now and then, a muted trumpet playfully improvises, as if it were the mocking voice of that runaway lover: "Betcha miss me!"

Set against this classic Crescent City accompaniment, Chisel's sweet, beat-up voice sounds achingly contemporary and more soulful than ever. Living up to his last name, he etches a portrait of a man who's fed up with the woman who walked out on him — while still holding out hope that she'll come crawling back someday.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Tom Sancton brings Song For My Fathers to Tulane University (04.19.10)

Tom Sancton was just a teenager the first time his father brought him to Preservation Hall in the early 1960s. Enraptured by the music and the spirit of the older generation of jazz musicians who themselves were experiencing a rare and well-deserved second act in their professional careers, Tommy would go on to apprentice with the late, great clarinetist George Lewis. It is the story of the unlikely relationship between these two men from very different worlds, forged by a common passion for the music that is the lifeblood of New Orleans that graces the pages of Sancton's 2006 memoir, Song For My Fathers; a New Orleans Story in Black and White.

Please join Tom Sancton and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Monday, April 19 at 8:00pm at Tulane's Dixon Hall for a unique, multi-media performance featuring live readings by Sancton, historic video and photography and live musical interludes. The event is FREE and open to the public!