Friday, July 29, 2011

"Live At Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale" to screen at Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in August

Just announced- Danny Clinch's documentary "Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale" featuring PHJB and My Morning Jacket will screen at the 2011 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Alabama August 26-28.  Special appearance by The Preservation Hall Brass Band! Stay tuned for updates. Watch the trailer for film below

Danny Clinch : Louisiana Fairytale Trailer from Levine / Leavitt on Vimeo.

Photos from the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band

Each Saturday afternoon at Preservation Hall, The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz and Heritage Brass Band gets together to learn the traditional brass band music. Emphasizing the repertoire and traditions associated with the New Orleans style of brass band playing, Banjoist/Guitarist for Preservation Hall, Carl LeBlanc, teaches this fine group of young musicians. Here are some photos from last week's class, compliments of Barry Kaiser.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Del McCoury Band at Soundcheck in The Greene Space

Here is the video of our performance with the Del McCoury Band from Soundcheck in The Green Space (NewYork, NY) on July 20th.  This video also features informative Q & A with Ben Jaffe and Del McCoury for an added glimpse into this magical musical collaboration.  The performance features  the classic song "Jambalaya", and a Ben Jaffe composition, "The Band is in Town."

Full version here...



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Loc Trancos Hills Marching Band parade in Palo Alto

This is a link to pictures of the Los Trancos Hills Marching Band parade in Palo Alto on July 4th, 2011.  Throughout the 70's and into the 80's, the Los Trancos would march into Frost Amphitheater on July 4th to open the annual Preservation Hall show.  Earlier that day, I would go with my dad to the July 4th parade in Palo Alto and march with the Los Trancos Band.  They were great times.  It was amazing to go back with my pal David Silverman and march with the Los Trancos Band again.  I got to reunite with some of the old timers who knew my dad and remembered me when I was little. - Ben Jaffe

NY Times Review, "Bluegrass and Jazz Bands, With More in Common Than You’d Think", by Ben Ratliff

Here's another great review from our show at City Winery in New York, with the Del McCoury Band...enjoy!

Del McCoury’s bluegrass group and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band did the proper adult thing on Wednesday night: they resolved their differences, surrounded by expensive claret.
On “American Legacies” (McCoury Music), their recent joint album, they’ve explicitly made their traditions melt together. This is an old story. Louis Armstrong did it with Jimmie Rodgers; Wynton Marsalis did it with Willie Nelson.  The pairing is not a stretch, though it can seem to be. For the first half of the 20th century bands from putatively different traditions implicitly understood their common origins and points of crossover. And their repertories overlapped. Type in the song title “Corrine, Corrina” on YouTube and you’ll get Red Nichols’s jazz version, Bo Carter’s string-band blues version, and various shades of country into rock ’n’ roll from the Collins Kids, Ray Peterson, Brooks & Dunn, Big Joe Turner, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Or you could do the same with “Milenberg Joys,” which the combined bands played near the end of their set at City Winery on Wednesday. It’s a song that Mr. McCoury — raised in the Black Mountain region of North Carolina — knew because he used to play it in Bill Monroe’s band, and the jazz group knew because Jelly Roll Morton wrote it. (The dynastic Preservation Hall band, from New Orleans, was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe, parents of its current tuba player and director, Ben Jaffe; it has no original members, but the current lineup is full of familial and professional ties to the group’s past.) In that song, and in a few other places, the musicians did right by the audience: they made music subtly pan across the stage, from one band to another, so you could hear the difference in rhythmic temperament, whether in grooves or in solos.

Read full article here

Examiner review of The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at City Winery, by Jim Bessman

Check out this great review by Jim Bessman of the Examiner, from our City Winery show in New York with the Del McCoury band!

     On paper it still sounds preposterous but in practice, The Del McCoury Band's partnership with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) must have been made in paradise--or at least New Orleans' French Quarter.
Then again, both traditional jazz and bluegrass depend plenty on solo and group instrumental mastery and improvisation, and the musicians in the two bands--12 in all--are tops on all counts. At City Winery last Wednesday night, the Grand Ole Opry's McCoury Band and the house band of New Orleans music's Opry counterpart played together, opposite each other, and in various combinations--surprisingly seamlessly.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Preservation Hall merchandise now available online.

New Preservation Hall merchandise now available online!  The list of new items includes men's and women's t'shirts, 50th anniversary commemorative accessory bags, PHJB neck ties, and a selection of great books ("Song For My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White"
Book by Tom Sancton, "Daddy Plays Old-Time New Orleans Jazz"
Book by Larry Gabriel, "Preservation Hall"
Portraits By Shannon Brinkman
Interviews with Preservation Hall Musicians by Eve Abrams

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hey, New Orleans: 2-for-1 Locals @ Preservation Hall!

It's that time of year again, New Orleans...

Bring your local ID or Entergy bill on down to the Hall and get a friend in for free!  

It's the perfect opportunity to be a tourist in your own hometown - 
726 St. Peter Street in the Heart of the Quarter.

See ya there!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sleepover Shows

Check out these sweet videos from our rehearsal at the nationally acclaimed Symphony Hall in Boston!  

Sleepover Shows are three song sets of acoustic or stripped down versions performed by bands that we love as they make their way through Boston. Though it started as something we did when bands needed a place to crash on the night of their shows, we now mostly film the sessions before or after a show and let the bands find their own ways home (though the offer still stands).
Basically, we try to use our spaces as creatively as we can.  We’ve filmed in the back seats of cars, on top of playground equipment, in doorways and alleys, in bathtubs and stairwells.  We try our best to get the bands to take their music outside of the confines of the studio and have some fun.
And that’s the point: to capture some great music that maybe isn’t always as polished, but shows these artists having a good time doing what they love. We’re doing what we love too, and hope you enjoy the videos!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PHJB and Del McCoury Band on Letterman. Watch it again!

It was a heck of a night.  We can't stop watching this.
As Dave said, it's green vinyl! And Limited Edition. Get your copy while you can! Click on the album

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Okay. More photos.

More behind the scenes photos from Letterman taping

PHJB and DMB just finished taping at Letterman.  Here's more behind-the-scenes for ya.  Tune in TONIGHT!
Clint Maedgen

Ronnie, Jean, and Del McCoury and Ben Jaffe
Maedgen and Jaffe


Charlie and Del backstage at Letterman

Rickie Shaffer?

PHJB's Rickie Monie gearing up for Letterman TONIGHT
photo by Ronnie McCoury


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Preservation Hall & Del McCoury Band to appear on Letterman on July 19!

If you haven't heard yet, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman ON JULY 19TH!  There was initially some misinformation going out that it was in July 20 but you can ignore that.  SO TUNE IN ON JULY 19!

Read the article by Keith Spera(but ignore the date):

Preservation Hall Jazz Band to appear on Letterman show
Published: Thursday, July 07, 2011, 3:42 PM     Updated: Thursday, July 07, 2011, 3:49 PM 
By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and bluegrass bandleader Del McCoury are scheduled to appear together on “Late Night with David Letterman” on July 19 July 20. The bands will also perform that night at New York’s City Winery.
Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs on the Gentilly Stage in New Orleans during Jazz Fest 2010.
The relationship between McCoury’s band and Preservation Hall has proved to be a fruitful one. It grew out of Preservation Hall creative director and tuba player Ben Jaffe’s desire to expand the band’s reach and explore common ground with other forms of roots music. Earlier this year, Preservation Hall released a joint album with McCoury called “American Legacies.”
On Mardi Gras, McCoury even paraded through the streets of the French Quarter with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Other recent outings by Preservation Hall have found the band performing at the Grand Ole Opry – rarely, if ever, has a tuba ever appeared on the most hallowed stage of country music – and throughout the massive Bonnaroo Music Festival in June in Tennessee. One of those Bonnaroo gigs involved sitting in with My Morning Jacket, the much-acclaimed rock band with whom Pres Hall has previously toured and collaborated with at the Voodoo Experience and Jazz Fest.

The relationship between Jaffe and company and My Morning Jacket is the subject of “Louisiana Fairytale,” a new documentary by photographer Danny Clinch. “Louisiana Fairytale” will be screened at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on July 23 and during the New Orleans Film Festival in October.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Trailer for "Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale" by Danny Clinch

This just in! The brand new trailer for Danny Clinch's documentary "Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale" featuring PHJB and My Morning Jacket.  Don't forget that  the first New Orleans screening of the film is on July 23rd at the Ogden Museum(as a conclusion to the "Art and Jazz: Preservation Hall at 50" exhibit) located on 925 Camp Street.

Danny Clinch : Louisiana Fairytale Trailer from Levine / Leavitt on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 Midnight Preserves recordings to air on American Routes-PHJB,Buddy Miller,Patti Griffin,Robert Plant,Charlie Musselwhite,Beausoleil

Just wanted to let y'all know that the American Routes program featuring the 2011 Midnight Preserves sessions recorded live at Preservation Hall will be airing nationwide this week: July 6-12! To find your local station, check here:

Performances featured are The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Buddy Miller & Patti Griffin, Robert Plant with PHJB, Charlie Musselwhite, and Beausoleil!

In the meantime, you can listen to it streaming on the American Routes website now:

Enjoy the show!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Orleans' Ogden Museum to screen "Louisiana Fairytale" - July 23rd

Preservation Hall and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art are proud to announce a screening of Danny Clinch's documentary "Live at Preservation Hall: Louisana Fairtyale featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band & My Morning Jacket" at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on July 23rd, 2011 as a conclusion the commemorative exhibit "Art and Jazz: Preservation Hall at 50.

Sat. July 23, 2011
Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale – A film by Danny Clinch
6:30 doors; 7 p.m. screening
Cost: $5 Ogden Museum & New Orleans Film Society members; $10 general public

For 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has kept the traditions of New Orleans jazz alive, performing both at home and on tour 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. In Louisiana Fairytale (59 min. 33 sec.), director Danny Clinch documents their collaboration with American rock band My Morning Jacket, showing a legendary group of New Orleans musicians passing on traditions and inspiring a new generation.
Produced by Clinch and Preservation Hall band leader Ben Jaffe, the film features an intimate performance by both bands in the French Quarter's historic Preservation Hall.
This screening is a sneak peek leading up to its New Orleans debut at the New Orleans Film Festival (Oct. 14-20, 2011), which is presented annually by the New Orleans Film Society ( For more about the film:
 For more information or to buy tickets: Call 504.539.9650, or go to: