Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Preservation Hall Jazz Band to make special performance at Stern Grove Festival

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Announce Their
Highly Anticipated Return To Stern Grove Festival (SF, CA) in conjunction with their 50th Anniversary Celebration

Band to Perform Sunday, July 1st at 2pm
Once a Stern Grove staple, this year will mark the band's first return to the festival in the past 5 years.  Billie and De De Pierce's Preservation Hall Band were the first Preservation Hall Band to play there in 1969, where it became an annual tradition until 1999.  In 2007, Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed again at Stern Grove, led by trumpeter John Brunious (uncle to current Preservation Hall Jazz Band trumpeter Mark Braud). 
Stern Grove Festival will be celebrating their 75th Season of Concerts this year as well.  In celebration of their anniversary, Preservation Hall Jazz Band have been commissioned to compose and perform a piece of music.  The song will reference the festival's tradition of “the waving of the pink section,” in which audience members wave the SF Chronicle's Sunday Datebook in the air.  The tradition began with the band's former trombone player, Jim Robinson and his legendary waving of his white handkerchief.

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