Thursday, May 31, 2012

ATTN: NEW YORK, NEW YORK! The PHJB @ Symphony Space!

To all the hip New Yorkers and neighboring Pres Hall family. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band are making their returning visit to your Eastern metropolis since their devastating 50th Anniversary performance at Carnegie Hall, which was this past January.

Our only question is...

JOIN the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (#PHJB) on Broadway at the Symphony Space on JUNE 13th (8PM) and experience the magic only found in the BIG EASY!

Friday, May 18, 2012

PANDORA: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Station

During Jazz Fest, we had the pleasure of attending a Pandora town hall meeting at Hotel Monteleone with Pandora founder, Tim Westergren. At the meeting, Tim spoke about the roots and origins of the most successful internet radio company. Needless to say, what Tim had to say was inspiring, while clearly representing the true risks of starting an entrepreneurial venture. Tim made Pandora successful with a lot of resources, but mainly heart. Preservation Hall shares this value, as we were once an entrepreneurial venue 50 years ago.

Tim Westergren, Found of Pandora

"At Pandora, we have a single mission: To play only music you'll love. (OK, we've added comedy as well so we're also up for playing some jokes you'll love.)"

"With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you."

If you haven't already, check out and create a free account! We would love to see our distant relatives (you) create a Preservation Hall Jazz Band station.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Howdy y'all! The Preservation Hall Jazz Band just wrapped up a successful performance in Black Mountain, NC at the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF). Let me tell you, LEAF is no ordinary arts festival. LEAF sets itself aside from other festivals in that the focus is on community, education, and a need for social change.

Photo by David Simchock

Photo by Howard Lambert
LEAF: Connecting Cultures & Creating Community Through Music & Arts.
LEAF is a non-profit organization established to build community and enrich lives through the Arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts in education programs.

Photo by Howard Lambert
 Arts in Education OUTREACH Programs
LEAF in Schools & Streets:
Empowering Youth Through Festive Arts in Our Local Community.
 LEAF in Schools & Streets (LSS) is an educational outreach program matching artists with youth in schools and communities for hands-on workshops, residencies, interactive performances and mentoring that includes opportunities for youth to perform with the artists at LEAF- and beyond.

Photo by David Simchock
The members of the PHJB were quite inspired by this unique arts collection and felt that these values and acts of social entrepreneurship is what the artistic community should strive for. The idea is bigger than just one event, it's creating a prosperous and creative future for our young ones. 

 Visit David Simchocks Website for more photos

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Forecastle Festival AFTER-PARTY ALERT!




 Preservation Hall Jazz Band
with Special Appearances by members of My Morning Jacket
presented by Bell’s

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be performing at FORECASTLE FESTIVAL in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, July 14th.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band began in New Orleans in 1961 and has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. The music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit that is unique to the culture and flair of New Orleans.

This rich Louisiana tradition will create a once-in-a-lifetime experience onboard the historic Belle of Louisville as members of My Morning Jacket will join them on stage after their Saturday night headlining performance. Rest assured the boat will be a rockin’ so don’t miss your chance to join in!

Saturday, July 14, 2012
12:00AM Doors, 12:30AM Show
Belle of Louisville
$50.00 plus fees, All Ages
On Sale Saturday, May 19 at Noon EST

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TUBA TUESDAY GIVEAWAY! Free Track: Milenberg Joys

The Pres Hall family is introducing a new giveaway series titled, TUBA TUESDAY GIVEAWAY! We will be giving away Rare and Unique Hall Memorabilia every Tuesday. The giveaways include:

-Giveaway contests through Preservation Hall's social networks (FACEBOOK and TWITTER)
-As well as contests through Pres Hall's MAILING LIST 
-Win vintage photos, posters, apparel, music and MUCH MORE! 

If you haven't already, START FOLLOWING US! Keep your eyes open on Tuesday. You could very well be a winner!


MILENBERG JOYS from American Legacies

Today's free track is entitled, Milenberg Joys, featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Ronnie McCoury (Mandolin) from The Del McCoury Band. The instrumental recording is from the 2011 release, AMERICAN LEGACIES: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band

PURCHASE from Preservation Hall's Online Store

Featured Musicians on Milenberg Joys:

Ronnie McCoury-Mandolin
Mark Braud-Trumpet
Charlie Gabriel-Clarinet
Clint Maedgen-Saxophone
Freddie Lonzo-Trombone
Carl Leblanc-Banjo
Rickie Monie-Piano
Joe Lastie Jr.-Drums
Ben Jaffe-Tuba

American Legacies track listing:

1. The Band’s In Town
2. One Has My Name
3. Shoeshine Blues
4. Banjo Frisco
5. A Good Gal
6. Jambalaya
7. I’ll Fly Away
8. You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry
9. The Sugar Blues
10. Milenberg Joys
11. 50/50 Chance
12. One More Fore I Die

Blending jazz from the streets and music halls and clubs of New Orleans and beyond with bluegrass from rural festivals, school auditoriums and more restrained settings, American Legacies presents two giants of traditional American music—the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band—in one spirited stream of deliciously inviting, boldly innovative and yet profoundly familiar music. 



Chris Carter Paints the Spirit of the PHJB

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band just wrapped up a wonderful performance at ArtsQuest River Jazz Festival in Bethlehem, PA this past weekend. During the band's performance, a life long Preservation Hall fan by the name of Chris Carter, painted several on-the-spot portraits of the PHJB musicians. Ms. Carter's renderings are too spiritual to keep to ourselves, so with her permission (as well as the musicians), I'd like to share them with you today!

Freddie Lonzo, Mark Braud, and Charlie Gabriel of the PHJB

"Last night I attended the performance of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  The first time I saw them was when I was eight years old.  I am now 60.  It was a fabulous experience.  During the performance, I created several drawings/paintings of the musicians and would like to share them with those musicians.  I also want to thank the musicians for giving me permission to paint during the performance."-Chris Carter

Rickie Monie of the PHJB

"My goal is to express the rhythms and the great energy of the musicians.  I especially like the ink drawing of Rickie Monie as he played His eye is on the sparrow."-Chris Carter

Jeffery Hills playing Tuba

Please visit Chris Carter's WEBSITE for more paintings

Also check out Chris Carter's BLOG for more of his work

Friday, May 11, 2012

Jazz Fest Season 2012: TOP 10 MOMENTS

Everyone at the Hall is in ecstatic shock to the overwhelming love and support we've been receiving over the past couple of weeks. We are relieved that the chaos from the festival season is over, but we are on the edges of our seats to see the receding effects. In the mean time, the Hall family would love to share with you our top 10 moments during this Jazz Fest season, 2012.

1. Lionel Ferbos and Wendell Eugene perform with the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band at Jazz Fest

Sometimes the saying, 'history repeats itself' can be taken as a true gift of time and human potential. I witnessed this on the side of the Gentilly stage as 100 year old Lionel Ferbos (trumpet) and 89 year old Wendell Eugene (Trombone) joined the PHJB and the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band to help close out the show. Watching from the side of the stage, I was witnessing the true life cycle of traditional New Orleans' music. After the show, one of Ferbos' family members said that he has been playing music for over 83 years now. Lionel and Wendell's performing history only makes me think of the potential vitality that exists in all of the Junior Jazz Band players. The thought is overwhelming and comforting at the same time.

2. George Wein with the PHJB opening the Gentilly performance with Basin Street Blues

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival founder, George Wein helped open the PHJB's Gentilly performance. Although Preservation Hall is celebrating 50 years, our hats go off to George Wein, who has facilitated Jazz events for over 50 years nation wide. When jazz is in need of a spot light, George collectivizes and presents the art form like no other producer. Thank you Mr. Wein.

3. The Times Picayune-'Global Force'

The entire Pres Hall family was exhausted the day after the PHJB closed out Jazz Fest, until we saw this very flattering front page spread on Monday's issue of The Times-Picayune. This front page spread was revitalizing and goes to show that doing the right things for the right reasons, combined with hard work, always proves to be eternally triumphant.

4. Theresa Andersson's Midnight Preserves performance of 'Japanese Art'

We do not have footage of Theresa Andersson with the Hall Band, but I can tell you that her set was magical and complimenting. The Hall family was most impressed by her song, 'Japanese Art.'

5. Ivan Neville's performance of 'Down By the Riverside' at The Preservation Hall Crescent City Revue

Ivan Neville brought his energy and skills to the joy theater with his rendition of 'Down By the Riverside.'

6. Steve Earle's Midnight Preserves performance of 'This City'

Although we do not have any footage of Steve Earle's Midnight Preserves performance, one of the Hall Family's favorite highlights was witnessing Steve's version of 'This City' backed by the PHJB. 

7. Danny Clinch 'Silver and Brass Exhibit' at Preservation Hall

Our good friend, Danny Clinch, performed at the Hall twice with his band, the Tangiers Blues Band, during our Midnight Preserves showcase. Before the performance we displayed Danny's favorite New Orleans and Hall related photos in the Hall's Carriage way.

View Danny Clinch Photo's HERE

“I could feel the spirit of all the music that passed through there,” photographer and musician Danny Clinch said of the first time he entered the Preservation Hall in New Orleans. "I immediately started taking photographs." And he hasn't stopped since 2005.

8. New Birth Brass Band's tribute to the great Olympia Brass Band

During Jazz Fest, New Birth Birth Brass Band paid tribute to the great Olympia Brass Band. The energy of New Birth bled through the ancient floors of the Hall and brought forth a spirit connecting the audience in a way that only a few a handful of brass bands can muster.

Photo by John McCusker
I was helping out backstage on the Gentilly Stage during the PHJB's closing performance. Most of the viewing audience were blown away by the guest performers, but my sights were dead set on Ronell Johnson, a true tuba rock star. Not only does Ronell blast clear and defined bass lines through such a large brass instrument, but he also jumps up and down while playing, sways his left arm back and forth, and dance marches as if he were in a second line. Ronell played this way the entire show and proved to leave a devastating mark in the audience's spirits. Can somebody get this man a towel?

10. This David Lee Roth-esque photo of Ronnie Numbers from the New Orleans BINGO! Show

Photo by Dino Perrucci
Need I say more?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Glorious Press Recap of Preservation Hall's Jazz Fest Season, 2012

Capturing the spirit of a New Orleans jazz

Photo by Danny Clinch

“I could feel the spirit of all the music that passed through there,” photographer and musician Danny Clinch said of the first time he entered the Preservation Hall in New Orleans...

View the original CNN Photo Blog HERE

2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

Photo by Adam McCullough

View Jazz Festival highlights HERE

Preservation Hall Jazz Band marks 50 years at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest-Associated Press: The Washington Post

Photo by Dino Perrucci

NEW ORLEANS — The Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Sunday marked its 50th anniversary with a jam session at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest featuring a number of old friends....

Read the FULL Washington Post article HERE


Preservation Hall Jazz Band Celebrates 50 Years with Ani, MMJ, George Wein, Steve Earle, Trombone Shorty and

Photo by Dino Perrucci

Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th anniversary celebration continued throughout New Orleans this past weekend... 

Read the FULL article HERE


Preservation Hall closed out 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest with star-studded celebration-The Times-Picayune

Photo by John McCusker

 On paper at least, Sunday's closing set on the New Orleans Jazz Fest's Gentilly Stage was a celebration of Preservation Hall's 50th Anniversary. But it was much more. Preservation Hall, founded in 1961, is only nine years older than Jazz Fest. And the hall's evolution parallels that of the festival itself...

Read the FULL Times-Picayune article HERE 

Jazz Fest celebrates Preservation Hall's 50th year-Associated Press:

Photo by Dino Perrucci

NEW ORLEANS — For five decades, Preservation Hall has served up New Orleans jazz for music lovers the world over...

Read the FULL article HERE


Jazz Fest goes out on a rocking
Photo by John McCusker

Full circle:Jazz Fest founder George Wein was given the honor of introducing Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 50th anniversary show, which closed Sunday's festival. The traditional jazz group opened with the old classics Basin Street Blues and Down on Bourbon Street...

Read the FULL USA Today article HERE


Ben Jaffe: Preserving the Hall-All About

Photo by Wade Luquet

Preservation Hall was founded fifty years ago in a small art gallery in New Orleans' French Quarter by Allan and Sandra Jaffe as a place to preserve traditional jazz...

 Read the FULL All About Jazz interview HERE

Jazz Fest Sunday: Preservation Hall, Foo Fighters, Asleep at the

Photo by Golden Richard III

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has spent the last few years establishing itself more than just the flag bearer for one stream of New Orleans music. Starting with the inclusion of Clint Maedgen and Carl LeBlanc (for a period) in the band’s lineup, the band has worked to be recognized as a part of American culture, underscoring the point that musicians make time and again—that music is music and genre labels are put on it by others. 

Read the FULL Offbeat article HERE


And Finally, a Hall family favorite...


On behalf of the Hall family, we want to thank everyone who attended the Jazz Fest, Midnight Preserves, and Joy Theater performances. This was a special year for the Hall, but your love and support made these past two weeks radiate with MAGIC!  


Friday, May 4, 2012

Danny Clinch Pres Hall Photos Featured on

Capturing the spirit of a New Orleans jazz hall

– Robert Johnson, CNN

“I could feel the spirit of all the music that passed through there,” photographer and musician Danny Clinch said of the first time he entered the Preservation Hall in New Orleans. "I immediately started taking photographs." And he hasn't stopped since 2005.

“Everywhere I pointed the camera, there was a photograph waiting there,“ said Clinch of the celebrated jazz performance hall.

The Preservation Hall is a worn-in music venue on St. Peter Street in the heart of the New Orleans’ French Quarter. Allan and Sandra Jaffe started the Hall, a former art gallery, in 1961 simply as a place for musicians to gather.

Decades later, people spend hours in a line that snakes out onto the street for a seat or a spot on the floor in the 600-square-foot venue that holds about 65 people.

“There’s not really a bad seat. There’s definitely good seats where you’re sitting in the lap of these people,” Clinch said of the intimate venue. There is no alcohol or food; patrons come just to hear the music.

Dozens of musicians have rotated in and out of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band over the years.
“The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit,” according to its website.

Clinch met Allan and Sandra’s son Ben Jaffe in 2005 at a Radio City Music Hall benefit for musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Clinch and Jaffe, the band’s creative director and tuba player, became close friends. Jaffe invited Clinch to show his work at the hall during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Much like the improvisations of the jazz that fills the Hall, Clinch captured the spirit of the hall using a variety of formats and film, ranging from Leica, Hasselblad and Polaroid to 8×10, Tintype and digital.

“I’m not sure there is another place in the world that you can see this music in such an amazing setting,” Clinch remembers telling a patron who was visiting from England.

“The whole thing is about the spirit of Preservation Hall. If you go there, the place has so much history and character. The vibe is so thick, even as an empty space, you can feel so much spirit.”
The Silver and Brass exhibit opens there at midnight May 4 and runs through May 11. Clinch’s group, The Tangiers Blues Band, will play at the opening.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Jazz Fest Exhibit: Preservation Hall at 50 years

50 Years of Preservation Hall Exhibit 

Take a glimpse into the history and evolution of Preservation Hall, and of the bands that have performed in the Hall and on tour since its inception in 1961. The exhibit features rare photographs, artifacts, music and video from the Hall's archives, as they continue to celebrate 50 years of preserving, cultivating, and perpetuating Traditional New Orleans Jazz. The exhibit coincides with the more expansive "Preservation Hall at 50" exhibit currently on display at the Old U.S. Mint.

The exhibit will be on display in the Grand Stands during Jazz Fest.

Just Announced: Photographer/Cinematographer Danny Clinch's "Silver & Brass" Exhibit @ Preservation Hall

Just announced - On Thursday, May 3rd at Midnight, Preservation Hall will be presenting "Silver & Brass," and Exhibit by Photographer/Cinematographer Danny Clinch. The exhibit will feature images from Danny's many visits to New Orleans and on the road with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band over the years. The opening will also feature Danny Clinch's Tangiers Blues Band alongside the Preservation Hall Horns.

"I have spent some more than memorable moments in New Orleans. These moments have been heightened after my acquaintance with Preservation Hall and those who embody its spirit. I will be presenting my photographs of these spirits at Preservation Hall on Thursday, May 3 at midnight.The Tangiers Blues Band will be joining up with the Preservation Hall horns to add a soundtrack to your viewing pleasure. Come celebrate"...Danny
Portraits will feature such artists as:
Dr. John
Ben Jaffe
Charlie Gabriel
Jim James
Bruce Springsteen
Tom Waits
and much more...

AVAILABLE NOW IN THE STORE: Limited-Edition 10" Vinyl PHJB Live at Carnegie Hall


Featuring 5 LIVE tracks from the Preservation Hall & Friends 50th Anniversary Performance at Carnegie Hall on January 7, 2012, this Limited Edition(504 available) 10" Vinyl features The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing:

That's Enough
Tootie Ma
Bourbon Street Parade
Sweet And Low Down
Saints Go Marchin' In

A full-length album of Preservation Hall & Friends: Live At Carnegie Hall will be released later this year.

Recorded Live at Carnegie Hall - January 7, 2012