Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Crescent City Stomp featuring PHJB at The McKittrick Hotel! Jan 2-5 in NYC

Just added!  The McKittrick Hotel(site of  Sleep No More) has just announced a very special New York City performance featuring The Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with a few guests from New Orleans - The Crescent City Stomp.

"Direct from New Orleans, and on the way to their sold-out 50th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall , the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will make a brief stop at the McKittrick Hotel, immediately following the performances of Sleep No More on January 2nd - 5th, for what promises to be an incredible night of dancing, food, and special-guest performances.

Space is extremely limited in the Hotel for this very special event but, as a guest of the McKittrick, you have the first shot at tickets. If you don't want to miss out on what will be a legendary Sleep No More afterparty, be the first to click on the poster below."

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

NBC New York spotlights PHJB's Golden Anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Throw Themselves A Party 

By Michael Tedder



Since 1961 the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been keeping the tradition of boisterous New Orleans jazz alive, one boogie-fortified, horn-blaring performance at a time.
One suspects that the Preservation gentlemen are constantly coming up with excuses to throw a party, but their current blowout seems especially justified. On Jan. 7 the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will celebrate their 50th "Golden" Anniversary with a performance at Carnegie Hall that's apparently several years in the making.
"I started thinking about the anniversary shortly after we celebrated our 45th Anniversary back in 2006," says Ben Jaffe, creative director and tuba player. "I've been laying down the groundwork for the show for almost 18 months. Ultimately, I want the evening to be a memorable night of music."
The Jazz Band started as a touring outlet for the group of musicians that gathered at New Orleans Preservation Hall, an unretouched, un-air conditioned building which has been around since 1812 and has previously served as a tavern and photo gallery. Jaffe's parents, Allan and Sandra, founded the band 50 years ago, and he credits Preservation's longevity to not mucking up a good thing.
"We're like a pot of red beans and rice. No matter what day of the week, no matter how many times you've eaten them... they're always delicious when the right person is cooking them," he says. "Preservation Hall, no matter where we travel in the world, we connect with our audiences. I don't know exactly what it is, but people universally can't sit still when we play. They have to move or dance or bounce or sing. That's something you still find in New Orleans today, people dance to jazz."
The Hall's brand of rice and beans has proven to be quiet durable and beloved.
For the Carnegie performance the Band will be joined by a wide spectrum of guests including My Morning JacketMos DefAllen Toussaint, Trey McIntyre Project, Steve Earle, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Del McCoury Band, Trombone Shorty, GIVERSBlind Boys of Alabama, Tao Seeger and even actor Ed Helms.
"We have lots of friends who play lots of styles of music, the whole spectrum. I think that's one of the amazing about what we do.  We all share a love, respect and deep appreciation for New Orleans music and culture," says Jaffe. "To me, it doesn't seem that strange. If Mos Def were alive 100 years ago, he'd be singing with Jelly Roll Morton! Artists have an honest respect for Preservation Hall.  There aren't that many, if any, institutions to compare Preservation Hall to. We are directly connected to the first days of jazz."
The "Golden" 50th Anniversary show (taking place in their 51st year, technically, but let's not pick nits) is a big undertaking for Jaffe, but he says it's only the start of a year-long celebration.
"We have a whole year's worth of projects on the table. We recently opened a retrospective exhibit in New Orleans titled 'Preservation Hall at 50.' We are going to be recording this year as well as touring the country and the world," he says.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Interview with Ben in Greensboro's YES! Weekly

Pres. Hall Leader on Big Easy Christmas
by Ryan Snyder
YES! Weekly

For all that hurricanes and oil spills can take away, tradition isn’t among them. At least not while institutions like Preservation Hall exists. After a series of commemorative shows at home, the famed jazz club’s house band is preparing to celebrate 50 years as the standard bearers for New Orleans jazz by doing what they do best: hitting the road for a special performance at Carnegie Hall in January. Until then, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is evangelizing other Big Easy musical traditions with their Creole Holiday tour, coming to SECCA in Winston-Salem this Friday. Below, Preservation Hall Cre- ative Director and tuba player extraordinaire Ben Jaffe, son of hall founder Allan Jaffe, waxes on NOLA holiday traditions influenc- ing seasonal music and how relationships formed during the recording of the band’s 2010 benefit album have shaped the institutions future.

Ben Jaffe: It’s a chance for us to share this very unique New Orleans experience with the audience, to celebrate the way we do there, which is with music and of course food. We can’t cook for everyone though unfortunately. What’s considered a tradi- tional Christmas celebration in other cities is a lot different than how we celebrate here. I mean, we still have all of our leaves on our trees. I’m eating a grapefruit right now that I picked from my backyard this morning. Eating gumbo, that’s always a tradition for us and my family always went swimming on Christmas Day. A lot of those little nuances are reflected in the music we play during the holidays.

Y!W: It seems it’s slowly getting easier to enjoy some of those traditions again.

BJ: You would think it’s not even the same city in many ways that it was six years ago. The city’s doing great. We’re experienc- ing what I like to think of as a renaissance of sorts. One of the things the hurricane did for New Orleans is that is brought so much awareness to our city that it created a huge influx of youth and artistic minds that bring a lot of new perspectives.

Y!W: Does that make your mission of preserving the city’s musical heritage a little muddier?

BJ: I don’t think so. The tradition that Preservation Hall is a part of is so intertwined into the fabric of our city that it can’t die. New Orleans without red beans and rice ain’t New Orleans anymore. We have certain things that make us who we are and one of those things and our con nection to the earliest days of American mu- sic. Whether it’s Fats Domino, the Meters or Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Preservation Hall, we all share a common language that only people from New Orleans understand. I think that’s one of the beautiful things about New Orleans and that it evolves. I definitely see people who come to the city absorbing the musical culture and also bringing their own influences. That’s one of the responsibilities of the torchbearers to understand that nobody’s a creative island.

Y!W: Preservation Hall has been really visible in other musical spheres since the benefit album. Is that because of opportunity or are you taking a more aggressive approach to putting the band out there?

BJ: After the hurricane there was a heightened awareness of exactly what it was that made New Orleans such an important cultural center. That’s something as a nation that we all feel connected to. I really think that every human being yearns for things that are special about our history. I think that New Orleans exemplifies a lot of things that we’ve lost in our country; this idea of family and community, this idea of children following in the footsteps of their parents, and of family businesses and businesses that have been around for hundreds of years I always look for the bigger message in what we do because you can just break it down and say that we’re just seven guys who play music, but at the end of the day, that’s not what we are.

Everyone in our band comes from a multi- generational musical family and actually there are guys in our band who are seventh- generation New Orleans musicians. Seven generations. Their families have been playing music in New Orleans since the 1850s. You can’t find that anywhere else.

Y!W: It seemed that the most fruitful partnership to come of the benefit album was with My Morning Jacket. What was it about working with Jim James that works so well?

BJ: The best thing to do is tell you about the first time I met Jim after he came to New Orleans to record on that benefit album. Maybe I have a different sensibility, but when I meet people I immediately know that there’s a connection. Jim and I immediately had a very, very deep connection when we met at Pres Hall. I knew that we listened to the same music and walked the same walk. We live in different worlds but we share an appreciation and respect for good people and elders and tradition. Jim is carrying on a great American tradition which is the rock tradition. And what a brave statement that is: to be afforded the opportunity by a band who could ask any group in the world to open for them, but say, “We want to bring the Preser- vation Hall Jazz Band into stadiums.”
Preservation Hall HJAzz Band comes to SECCA on Friday.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Preservation Hall featured in January edition of Vanity Fair - Article by Tom Sancton

Available in stores now, the January edition of Vanity Fair features "Hall That Jazz," written by New Orleans' own Tom Sancton.   Mr. Sancton gives an insiders glimpse on  both past and present perspectives on Preservation Hall

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Preservation Hall Adds Special Guests to 50th Anniversary Show at Carnegie Hall including My Morning Jacket, Del McCoury Band, Trombone Shorty, GIVERS, Allen Toussaint, Blind Boys of Alabama, Tao Seeger, and Mos Def

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is pleased to announce the special guests that will join them on stage for their 50th anniversary performance.  On January 7th, 2012 at 8:00pm they will grace the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, with special guests My Morning Jacket, Del McCoury Band, Trombone Shorty, GIVERS, Allen Toussaint, Blind Boys of Alabama, Tao Seeger, & Mos Def

Tickets for what is bound to be an unforgettable night go on sale December 2nd and are available at, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th street and 7th avenue.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city’s musical legacy.  With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music’s historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of America’s most beloved forms of popular music. 

The group manages to evoke the spirits of times past in an ever-evolving modern context that has found them traveling around the world.  Along the way, they have brought in collaborators of all musical stripes to play, honor, and reinterpret America’s first true art form.  The PHJB have played and recorded with artists like Tom Waits, Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco and My Morning Jacket.  Their most recent collaboration has been with the Grammy-winning bluegrass outfit, the Del McCoury Band, with whom they released a joint album earlier this year titled American Legacies.

The Louisiana State Museum also just launched a major exhibition celebrating Preservation Hall’s 50th anniversary at the Old U.S. Mint.  Co-curated by Preservation Hall and the Museum, Preservation Hall at 50, tells the story of the venue’s history through artifacts, photographs, film and audio clips, as well as interviews and oral histories.  The exhibit is open now and will run through 2012.

This concert is presented by The Bowery Presents.

PHJB and Del McCoury Band's "I'll Fly Away" chosen as #5 top song of 2011 in Pop Matters


Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band
“I’ll Fly Away”

Sarah Zupko, December 5th 2011

I’ll Fly Away” is a tune with a long history in American music; it’s a standard for New Orleans brass bands playing at jazz funerals, it’s heavily favored by gospel musicians, and has been a standard part of the bluegrass repertoire for decades. In other words, it’s thoroughly soaked in Americana, that catch-all genre that pulls from traditional American roots music forms. So, it was a perfect song for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band to make as the centerpiece of their stellar 2011 album, American Legacies. Despite all the superb versions of this song over the years, Pres Hall and the McCoury Boys virtually stamp this classic as their very own, offering up the definitive version to stand for the ages. Soaring trumpet, swirling clarinet, soulful lead vocals, airtight bluegrass harmonies, rhythmic banjo… this is Americana at its very finest. Sarah Zupko

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Preservation Hall Announces 6th Annual Creole Christmas Performances

Preservation Hall is proud to announce the sixth annual presentation of the local holiday favorite, A Creole Christmas.  Please join Lars Edegran's St. Peter Street All-Stars with special guest vocalist Big Al Carson for a seasonal selection of New Orleans' best-loved holiday classics performed in the joyful tradition of Preservation Hall.  Due to popular demand, this year’s presentation has been expanded to include a total of six performances.  Showtimes are 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday, December 18; Saturday, December 24; and Saturday, December 31.  Advance tickets for these very special performances are available online at  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

LA Times interview with Ben Jaffe

 Influences: Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times
November 16th, 2011
Ben Jaffe leads the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which makes its home in a storied New Orleans venue when it isn’t touring the world. Jaffe, son of the group’s founders, marched in carnival parades while still in grammar school. Now a tuba player and bassist, he extends the group’s original mission: to keep the music of 1920s New Orleans alive and accessible to audiences, and to maintain the rawness sometimes rubbed off by the “Dixieland” movement and its genteel followers. The band appears at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday for a collaboration with dance group the Trey McIntyre Project.  Besides his expected roots in musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Jaffe, 40, says he’s also inspired by Muhammad Ali’s resistance to the Vietnam War draft, Pete Seeger’s involvement with the Civil Rights movement and Andy Warhol’s redrawing of art’s map. “Where do you go,” Jaffe asks, “when there are no limits or boundaries?”

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Preshall on Boing Boing!

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: old time jazz from New Orleans - Cory Doctorow

Last year, I found myself in New Orleans for a rather epic birthday party. One place I knew I wanted to visit was Preservation Hall, (which I'd written about here), a legendary unamplified jazz club. It was everything I'd heard and more.
I bought the whole run of Preservation Hall CDs, and they've been in heavy rotation here. Of the bunch, my favorite is "Songs of New Orleans," and I always know it's going to be a good day when the random number generator smiles on me and shuffles a track from the double CD into my music player, especially if that track is Go to the Mardi Gras, which played about ten minutes ago and put a smile on my face that's certain to last the day through.
I've just noticed that there's a new(ish) Preservation Hall Jazz Band CD, American Legacies, which, alas, I can't say anything about, because the Amazon MP3 store won't sell it to me (I'm in Germany and my credit card is registered in the UK, so they shut me out).

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Preservation Hall Tent at New Orleans' Voodoo Experience!

Now in it's 6th year, Preservation Hall and Rehage Entertainment present The Preservation Hall Tent at the 2011 Voodoo Experience!  Here's the lineup.  Hope to see you here!




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Preservation Hall at 50" Exhibit at New Orleans Old U.S. Mint!


The Louisiana State Museum launches a major exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall on November 4 at the Old U.S. Mint.
Co-curated by Preservation Hall and the Museum, Preservation Hall at 50 will tell the story of this New Orleans music landmark from the early 1960s to the present through artifacts, archival and contemporary photographs, film and audio clips, interviews and oral histories.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, The Preservation Hall All-Stars ,The Roots of Music, and The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band will perform on Friday evening, November 4 as part of a music-filled grand opening benefitting the Louisiana Museum Foundation, the Museum’s non-profit support organization. More than 500 guests are expected. Tickets are $50 advance and $60 on the day of event  and available through the Louisiana Museum Foundation at 504.558.0493.
Preservation Hall at 50 will open for public viewing on Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. and will run through 2012.

Highlights include large color images of today’s Preservation Hall musicians by art photographer Shannon Brinkman matched with oral histories recorded by radio documentarian Eve Abrams. Brinkman and Abrams are co-authors of Preservation Hall, published in March by LSU Press.

Adding wider historical context, the Museum will display iconic objects from its collection – including Louis Armstrong’s first cornet – and instruments played by Preservation Hall jazz greats such as clarinetist George Lewis and bassist Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau.
Also represented are works by two visionary artists associated with Preservation Hall, French Quarter painter Noel Rockmore (1928-1995) and folk artist Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980).

The Preservation Hall exhibition is part of ambitious long-range plans to establish the Old U.S. Mint as a center for live music and music history.  
In a joint project of the Museum and the U.S. National Park Service, a new $4-million performance space will open on the Mint’s third floor on November 12. The Museum will use the space for evening lectures, solo and small group concerts and special events, while the National Park Service will use it for daytime programming for the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
 The Museum also plans to install a new permanent exhibition exploring Louisiana’s rich musical heritage in late 2013.  


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Reminder - PHJB and Del McCoury Band on Austin City Limits TV Show to Air Soon!"

Dont' forget, on October 29th, to tune into PBS for PHJB and Del McCoury Band on Austin City Limits TV Show.  For those of you in New Orleans, tune in to WLAE at 8:00pm.  For those of you not in New Orleans click HERE to find out when it airs on your local PBS affiliate.

Friday, October 21, 2011

St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus to debut All-Star Lineup at Preservation Hall: Sunday, November 6 @ 11am


Preservation Hall:  Sunday, November 6 @ 11am:
Representing a broad cross-section of New Orleans’ ever-evolving music scene, St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus is a ten-piece vocal group whose membership includes Hannah Krieger-Benson (The Local Skank), Lucas Davenport (The New Orleans Bingo! Show), Helen Gillet (Wazozo!), Clint Maedgen (PHJB, TNOBS), Alexandra Scott (Hi-Fi Sky), Ashley Shabankareh (The Local Skank), Amy Trail (The Amy Trail Band, Pat O' Brien's Piano Bar), Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (The Mammals), Tim Robertson (Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys), and Michael Patrick Welch (The White Bitch). The chorus will be backed by a four-piece band led by Marc Stone (Marc Stone Band, Rockin' Dopsie) on guitar and featuring Keith Hajjar (Egg Yolk Jubilee, TNOBS) on drums.  Please join us for this very special morning program featuring an emphasis on traditional Southern spiritual music on Sunday, November 6 at 11:00am. 

Also present for these very special proceedings will be representatives from the Gulf Restoration Network. Gulf Restoration Network is the only environmental advocacy group with an exclusive focus on the Gulf of Mexico.  For 17 years GRN has worked to unite and empower people to protect and restore the health of the Gulf region for future generations.  In the wake of last year's BP drilling disaster, GRN has been dedicated to exposing the impacts of the disaster, holding BP and the government accountable, and ensuring that the lessons of the disaster are learned and acted upon.  Currently, GRN is leading an initiative to allocate BP's Clean Water Act fines to restore the coastal wetlands of the Mississippi River delta which are turning into open water at the rate of a football field every hour, threatening the ecosystem we rely on for our fisheries and our natural storm defenses.

Advance tickets are available at


"Preservation Hall at 50." A glimpse inside these historic exhibitions, celebrating the 50th year anniversary of Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall, the venerable performance space for traditional New Orleans Jazz on St. Peter Street in the heart of the French Quarter, marks a half-century in operation in 2011.  Two museums in the city are paying homage with commemorative exhibitions.  The Ogden Museum of Art recently closed Preservation Hall at 50, and the Louisiana State Museum will open a separate exhibition under the same title on November 4th (see pages 54-57 for more information).  Louisiana Cultural Vistas presents here a selection of paintings, photographs, and artifacts from these exhibitions.  -Editors Note (Louisiana Cultural Vistas)

 "Preservation Hall inspires.  The building.  The music.  The musicians.  For years, it has been a gathering place for writers, poets, actors, painters, singers, dancers, photographers, chefs, composers....insiders and outsiders."
- Ben Jaffe

Friday, October 14, 2011

New Orleans Film Festival to feature "Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale" by Danny Clinch at the Prytania Theater in New Orleans on Monday October 17th

Come on out New Orleans to this very special screening of "Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale."  The film is part of the 2011 New Orleans Film Festival and will be screened 7:30pm Monday October 17th at the Prytania Theatre (5339 Prytania Street) in New Orleans.  Directed by Danny Clinch and produced by Ben Jaffe, this 69 minute documentary follows every element leading up to and included the amazing performance at Preservation Hall with My Morning Jacket.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Preservation Hall Jazz Band featured in My Morning Jacket Video from Boing Boing

This video is a fantastic glimpse into My Morning Jackets'  June 24th performance from historic Fox Theatre in Oakland California. Keep your eyes peeled at the 17:00 mark, as we join this incredible band on stage.  Video directed  by Scott Compton (Boing Boing Video)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cityview article by Michael Swanger "Jaffe and Preservation Hall Jazz Band perpetuate spirit of New Orleans Jazz"

Fifty years ago, Allan and Sandra Jaffe founded Preservation Hall in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter in an attempt to preserve and celebrate New Orleans jazz music and its musicians. They intended to stay in the Big Easy during the civil rights movement of the 1960s before moving on, but fell in love with the city and never left.
     Fifty years later, their 40-year-old son and tuba player, Ben Jaffe, serves as director of the venerable musical institution and its touring Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB), which marches into town Friday for a concert at Drake University. Jaffe, a second generation New Orleanian, is a prime example of how fully integrated music is in the culture, communities and families of New Orleans. In short, it's in his blood.
      "Music in New Orleans isn't something separated; it's part of our church services, funeral processions and carnival celebrations. It's something you either are or you are not," said Jaffe over the telephone from his office at Preservation Hall, which first opened its doors in 1961.

Jaffe, who joined the touring PHJB the day after he graduated from Oberlin College in 1993, said that, regardless of his parents' affiliation with the New Orleans music scene, he would have become a musician. Yet it is apparent that his deep reverence and consciousness of PHJB's greatest attributes is the result of his upbringing and environment.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Photos from the outreach program/concert in South Milwaukee, WI

On September 26th, we had the privilege to perform for and help teach local area students to further their interests in New Orleans Jazz.  It was such a delight to be able to share our knowledge of the music with such eager students.  A special thanks to Alex Clark for taking these incredible pictures.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

CARLOS MALTA & BEN SOLLEE to play Preservation Hall gigs in October, 2011

Brazilian Legend Carlos Malta brings tRIO to Preservation Hall
Thursday, October 13 @ 10:00pm – Perhaps the single biggest name in Brazilian winds jazz, multi-instrumental legend Carlos Malta will bring tRIO, his collaboration with vocalist/guitarist/percussionist Celia Malheiros and pianist Thomas Clausen, to New Orleans’ most intimate performance space following an afternoon Master Class with the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band.  Sponsored and presented by the Preservation Hall Foundation, this 90-minute workshop will take place at Preservation Hall beginning at 4:00pm and represents an unparalleled opportunity for New Orleans music students to learn from a true musical master.  Enrollment is open, please contact Ashley Shabankareh via for information regarding pre-registration.

About Carlos Malta: 
About Celia Malheiros: 
About Thomas Clausen: 
Tickets for tRIO @ Preservation Hall:

Genre-Bending Cellist Ben Sollee kicks off 
Fall Bike Tour at Preservation Hall
Thursday, October 27 @ 10:00pm – Ben Sollee is a cellist and vocalist known for his percussive playing style, genre hopping songwriting, wide appeal, and political activism. His music incorporates banjo, guitar, percussion and unusual cello techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B.  Lauded by NPR’s Morning Edition as one of 2007’s Top Ten Unknown Artists of The Year, Sollee has since made a name for himself both in touring and recording.  Ditch The Van 2011” is the fourth tour of its kind in which Ben Sollee and his band travel exclusively using bicycles as transportation, instruments and all! This choice is not a novelty or a nod to the green trend. Apropos to his overarching story, Sollee’s goal is to gain a deeper connection to his fans and their surrounding communities.  Join him for the first stop on his tour of the Southeastern states.
About Ben Sollee:
Tickets for Ben Sollee @ Preservation Hall:

Monday, September 26, 2011

This Thursday - PHJB performs at Peace, Love, & Twang!

PHJB will be performing at "Peace, Love & Twang" The 5th Annual Benefit for The Richard de Lone Special Housing Project at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Sept. 29!  The show will also feature Bill Kirchen, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Kevin Blackie Farrell, Steve Earle, and Ryan Bingham. 

Proceeds will benefit The Richard De Lone Special Housing Project, a non profit agency with the mission of providing a state-of-the-art residential group home setting in Marin County, California, capable of serving both children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome and utilizing best practice techniques to serve the Prader-Willi population.  For more info please visit


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PHJB & Del McCoury Band performance on Austin City Limits TV show to air on PBS!

photo by Sean Murphy

As you may remember, PHJB & Del McCoury Band(and a guest appearance by Jim James) taped for the Austin City Limits TV show a few months back.  Well the time has come.  Although the suggested air date is Oct. 29, make sure to check your local PBS station to find out when the show runs in your town by CLICKING HERE

PHJB to perform at benefit with Bill Kirchen, Ryan Bingham, Steve Earl, Buddy Miller and more

Just announced!  PHJB will be performing at "Peace, Love & Twang" The 5th Annual Benefit for The Richard de Lone Special Housing Project at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Sept. 29!  The show will also feature Bill Kirchen, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Kevin Blackie Farrell, Steve Earle, and Ryan Bingham.  

Proceeds will benefit The Richard De Lone Special Housing Project, a non profit agency with the mission of providing a state-of-the-art residential group home setting in Marin County, California, capable of serving both children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome and utilizing best practice techniques to serve the Prader-Willi population.  For more info please visit


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

NPR's World Cafe to air Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Del McCoury Band performance on Wednesday September 14

     Tune in to NPR on Wednesday September 14th to check out this great performance with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band.  Hosted by David Dye, the segment will also feature in depth interviews with each respective band.  Please check your local NPR affiliate for airing times.  The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Del McCoury band are currently touring together promoting their latest collaboration "American Legacies".  This masterpiece has been receiving rave reviews in the press, and audiences worldwide have been captivated by this beautiful musical mesh of New Orleans Jazz and Bluegrass. 
     About NPR:  NPR's World Cafe features performance and interview programs featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians.  Longtime Philadelphia radio personality David Dye's musical enthusiasm has delighted the World Cafe audience since 1991.  Check out other World Cafe concerts here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This Weekend: A Double-Dose of PHJB in Birmingham!

So you already know that Danny Clinch's lovely documentary "Louisiana Fairytale - Live At Preservation Hall" is going to be playing at the Carver Theatre as a part of the 13th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival at 1:10pm this Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama?

And you're already hip to the fact that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be playing, live and in-person, at Sidewalk Central on 18th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue on Saturday at 6:45pm?

Kudos!  But, did you know that the performance documented in "Louisiana Fairytale" was the culmination of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's exciting 2010 tour with My Morning Jacket that kicked off... in Birmingham!  Check out this review of the tour opening performance in Spin Magazine!

My Morning Jacket Open Tour in Alabama
Concert Review by Kenn McCracken for
"My Morning Jacket have a reputation as one of the best live bands around, and their tour kickoff Tuesday night at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham showed why.
After a strong opening set by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which concluded with a surprise guest vocal by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James on "Louisiana Fairytale and St. James Infirmary," MMJ took the stage and dove into "One Big Holiday..." FULL ARTICLE HERE

Charlie Gabriel and Clint Maedgen outside the Alabama Theater in 2010 
- Photo by Ben Jaffe -

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

It's time for the Family Fair at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art!

This Saturday, August 20th, the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band will be performing at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (located at 925 Camp Street). The group will perform at 2pm as part of their Family Fair festivities. The event is free and open to the public and will also feature Dave James of Young Audiences, Calliope Puppets, as well as Teen Docents Puppet Theater. Join us this Saturday to experience the music of our young rising musicians, as they play and share the love of traditional New Orleans Jazz.

August 20th, 2011 @ The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
N.O. Suzuki Forum at 10am
Calliope Puppets at 11:15 am
Dave James at 12:15 pm
Teen Docents Puppet Theater at 1:15 pm
The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band at 2:00 pm

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jazz People: New Orleans Portraits by Lee Friedlander, opening at the Newcomb Art Gallery August 24.

Sweet Emma Barrett at Luthjen’s, 1958
*All are gelatin silver prints
*Photography by Lee Friedlander.  Courtesy of the William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz

(New Orleans, LA) From August 24 to October 9, 2011, the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University presents Jazz People: New Orleans Portraits by Lee Friedlander, curated by Newcomb Art Department faculty member Stephen Hilger.  The works in Jazz People, thirty-nine black and white photographs from New Orleans in the 1950s and
1960s, are drawn primarily from Tulane's William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz with additional images on loan from the collection of Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the founders of Preservation Hall.  "Lee's photographs embody a visual encyclopedia of
early New Orleans jazz that is unprecedented," stated Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe. As Allan and Sandra's son, the young Jaffe grew up witnessing performances by many of the legendary musicians depicted in Friedlander's work.
Kid Thomas Valentine, 1957
*All are gelatin silver prints
*Photography by Lee Friedlander.  Courtesy of the William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz



Monday, August 8, 2011

More Photos from the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass band wrapped up this weekend with another stellar class. Check out some great photos from Barry Kaiser from this past class!

Know a child aged 10 to 15 interested in joining the Preservation hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band for their weekly classes? Email Ashley at for more information!

a sweet note from Positive Vibrations

Just received a sweet thank you note from our friends at Positive Vibrations Foundation.  A few weeks back they joined our Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band for Family Day at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
About Positive Vibrations Foundation:
Positive Vibrations Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes as defined by IRS section 501(c)(3). The mission of the Positive Vibrations Foundation is to create and encourage community through the development and preservation of the arts, music, culture and heritage. The Foundation promotes and underwrites music for progressive community events and awards sixteen full fellowship grants to outstanding teen musicians worldwide for its annual Summer Arts through Culture Program. The educational program is conducted in New Orleans, Louisiana each June. Fellows return to their home communities prepared to execute a Pay it Forward Project. These are service projects developed in partnership with the foundation which involve the Fellows taking on the challenge of improving a condition in their home community.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Rickie Monie invited to autograph the piano at The Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg, PA

Last night, the folks at The Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania told Rickie that he "burned on the keys" that night and asked him to sign their 9 foot Steinway piano.  He obliged.  Check out who he signed next to.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Interview with Ben Jaffe and Del McCoury on "Hidden Track" music blog

Here's an interview from with Ben and Del from the Hidden Track music blog:

HT Interview: Del McCoury and Ben Jaffe, Ambassadors of American Music
by Ryan Dembinsky

When The Del McCoury Band teamed up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to record the album American Legacies, the merging of the two bands represented more then just a simple musical collaboration. The union brought together two groups who serve as the ambassadors of their respective genres, stewards of American music heritage. Over the years, beyond being of the foremost musicians in their fields, both The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band under the direction of Ben Jaffe have taken on roles tasked with spreading the legacies of bluegrass and New Orleans Jazz music.
Del McCoury has not only spread bluegrass to the younger generation (quite literally) through teaching and playing with his own sons, but he has participated in countless collaborations throughout the festival circuit and embraced the various derivations of traditional bluegrass such as newgrass and the jambands. Similarly, Ben Jaffe and Preservation Hall have reached new audiences by incorporating New Orleans Jazz into collaborations with My Morning Jacket, Ani Difranco and Tom Waits, among others.
In what was undeniably one of the greatest honors I’ve ever had as a writer, I sat down with both Del McCoury and Ben Jaffe at the Ameritania Hotel just around the corner from the Ed Sullivan Theater right before the bands took the stage to tape their performance for the David Letterman show later that night. In speaking with Del and Ben, it takes all of about five seconds to see why everybody wants to play music with them. They radiate charisma and come across instantly as truly genuine people who are happy to be doing what they do. What follows is an intimate conversation that touches on the cross-fertilization of the two genres of music, the surprising similarities between New Orleans Jazz and bluegrass, the importance of family, and honoring one’s heritage.

Hidden Track: I was going to ask this to both you, but before Ben gets here, Del, when you were first starting out in music and learning your chops what led you to your style, to bluegrass, and to your instrument?

Del McCoury: I learned to play the guitar when I was about nine. My brother taught me to play. When I was about 11, he bought a record of Earl Scruggs and when I heard him play that three finger style banjo, it turned a light on. I thought, “That is what I want to do!” I learned it, and I played it until I went to work for Bill Monroe.
He needed a guitar player and a lead singer, which I thought, “I don’t know if I can do this?” I had played with him here in New York City, my first time in this town. Later, I went down to Nashville, because he offered me a job, and when I got there he still didn’t have a lead singer and guitar player. All along I think he was thinking that of me, because a lot of his musicians through the years could play different instruments and sing.
Anyway, he put me on that path instead of the path I wanted to go on, which was playing banjo and singing harmony. I could sing all the harmony parts. I was kind of a natural tenor singer and I sang baritone in a lot of bands, but when he got me to play guitar, it was a pretty big challenge, because I had to learn to play all the songs he had recorded and wanted to play at the shows. He told me, “You know, if you can make the grade doing this, you’ll like it better.” I remember thinking, “I believe he’s wrong there,” but he was right. So that’s what got me here on this path. It was actually Bill Monroe.