Monday, August 6, 2012

New Preservation Hall Blog: The Preservation Hall Times

Here to inform y'all that Preservation Hall is releasing their newest blog, The Preservation Hall Times!

ALL FUTURE Preservation Hall and Preservation Hall Jazz Band related news can be found @

Our Blogger account will be used for archive posts and previous news entries.

Visit the new page and let us know what you think!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Fan Video from WGBH's Summer Arts Weekend in Boston, MA

Here is a great fan video from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's performance at WGBH's Summer Arts Weekend in Boston. Big shout out goes to Alexander Ortiz Goico who filmed and edited the video! Thanks for your creativity and support!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

PHJB Announces Live at Carnegie Hall Album: St. Peter and 57th (EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD)

Entitled St. Peter and 57th (September 25th, Rounder Records), the album will feature a number of special guests from an assortment of genres including,Features guests such as George Wein, Del McCoury Band, Allen Toussaint, Ed Helms, GIVERS, Steve Earle, Tao Seeger, My Morning Jacket, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), King Britt, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs

In commemoration and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the iconic venue Preservation Hall, the prolific New Orleans jazz legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band are set to release a live recording of the band's acclaimed January 7th performance at Carnegie Hall.  

Rehearsal--Photo by Howard Lambert

The concert was orchestrated to benefit the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, directly supporting the passing of the musical and cultural traditions of New Orleans to the city's next generation of musicians. A portion of the proceeds from the album will also benefit the program.  

The band is also sharing "St. James Infirmary, Part 1" featuring My Morning Jacket's Jim James, which just premiered on Pitchfork

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band Perform at ELCA Youth Gathering

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band performed at the Superdome this weekend at the ELCA Youth Gathering. The band opened for Switchfoot and performed to an audience of over 35,000 people. We couldn't be more proud of the PHJrJB!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

HIGHLIGHTS: Forecastle Festival, 2012

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band just wrapped up several performances at this years Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. The band had an amazing performance on the festival's main stage with an excellent audience turnout! PHJB had special guests sit in during their set, including Jim James from My Morning Jacket and Andrew Bird.

Later that night, PHJB sat in with My Morning Jacket during the Festival's closing set.

Photo by Matt Jordan

There was an after party once the festival wrapped up aboard the Belle of Louisville. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and My Morning Jacket performed to a sold out show. The energy aboard the Belle was tangible!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Locals Get Free Admission for 3rd show, Weds + Sat

New Orleans Residents Get Free Admission for the 3rd Show, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Now through August 31st, Preservation Hall is proud to announce that New Orleans Residents have free admission to the third show on Wednesdaysd Saturdays. To take advantage of our summer special, bring your local ID or Entergy bill down to Preservation Hall, located at 726 St. Peter Street, in the Heart of the Quarter. Can’t make it in on a Wednesday or Saturday? We are still offering New Orleans Residents 2-for-1 admission, now through August 31st. It's the perfect opportunity to be a tourist in your own hometown.

RECAP: Charlie Gabriel's 80th Birthday

Clarinetist, saxophonist, and flutist Charlie Gabriel is a fourth-generation jazz musician from New Orleans. Raised in a classically trained musical family that emigrated from Santo Domingo in the 1850s, Gabriel began playing clarinet professionally with the Eureka Jazz Band when he was eleven years old. During World War II, his father, clarinetist and drummer Martin Manuel Manny Gabriel often sent his son as a substitute on gigs. Charlie recalls how the musicians with whom he played ”T-Boy Remy, Kid Humphrey, Kid Sheik, Kid Shots, Kid Clayton, and Kid Howard” also raised him and brought him home after the gigs.

In a career spanning countless genres, Gabriel has performed with Tony Bennett, Frankie Avalon, Brenda Lee, Mary Wells, Aretha Franklin , Eddie Willis, Joe Hunter, and many other early Motown artists. Gabriel sums up the influence of his fellow musicians, "many, many people inside of me that I have rubbed shoulders with, and I got something from each one of them. It's all wrapped up inside of me, and by me still playing today and still able to go around the universe, I give to them all these other things I have from those that I have came in contact with"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Touring Band to Perform at Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival

We've finally hit the middle of the Summer season, which means the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is well into tour season. Two exciting performances coming up are the Newport Folk Festival (7/28) and the Newport Jazz Festival (8/3). It is a rare opportunity for the Hall Band to perform both festivals. There will also be a performance by the Tao Seeger Brass Band, including members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Uncle Lionel Batiste, Treme Brass Band bass drummer, has passed (1931-2012).

Our dear friend and bass drummer for the Treme Brass Band, Uncle Lionel Batiste, has passed away this past weekend. The Preservation Hall family misses Uncle Lionel and we send our condolences to his family and fellow Treme Brass Band members.

By Keith Spera of The Times-Picayune

"Uncle" Lionel Batiste, the Treme Brass Band’s longtime bass drummer and a beloved, dapper character who reveled in charming women of all ages on the dance floor, died early Sunday at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. He was 80.

Mr. Batiste was an iconic figure in the brass band community and the larger world of New Orleans music. With his omnipresent sunglasses, a wristwatch worn across his hand, and his kazoo, he literally moved to the beat of his own drum.

In the traditional brass band cap, white shirt and black tie, Mr. Batiste appeared in numerous commercials and TV shows, including HBO's "Treme." He was also featured on the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell's souvenir Congo Square poster by artist Terrance Osborne.

Many local musicians cite him as a role model. Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins has referred to Mr. Batiste as “my total influence,” who taught Ruffins “how to act, how to dress and how to feel about life."

“Inside Uncle Lionel’s bass drum," said fellow drummer Herman LeBeaux, "is the pulse of the city."

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ralston Crawford and Jazz Exhibit opening 6/22

NOMA presents "Ralston Crawford and Jazz," an exhibition that considers the relationships between music, photography, painting, drawing and film as they intersect in Crawford’s work in New Orleans. Organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries, in Saint Louis, MO, the exhibition includes over 150 photographs, prints, paintings, drawings and films, many never before published. 


Friday, June 22nd, 5pm to 9pm
THE RALSTON CRAWFORD AND JAZZ EXHIBIT will be open until October 14th.

Bill Cosby joins Preservation Hall Jazz Band onstage at Playboy festival


As the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival wrapped up on Sunday, Bill Cosby danced across the stage to play his final solo beneath the iconic bunny.

“It’s my last time here,” he announced to the applauding crowd, which filled the Hollywood Bowl to the last bleacher. “And I’m gonna give you something you’ve never heard before. Take it back to the bridge!”

Cosby grabbed a trombone from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who followed his order with upbeat, New Orleans-style jazz.

The comedian tapped his foot, held the instrument to his mouth, threw his head back — and abruptly pulled it into two pieces.

“Thank you!” he yelled, walking away.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuba Man, Ronell Johnson, Joins the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Ben Jaffe will be stepping down from his bandstand tuba position to stick around New Orleans in anticipation of his first child, due this summer. Jaffe will continue to be part of the team, continuing his role as Creative Director of Preservation Hall.

Raised by a musical family in New Orleans, Johnson started playing trumpet and piano around the age of 6.  Four years later, Johnson increased his musicianship and taught himself how to play the trombone, tuba, organ, saxophone, drums, and more.  He began performing professionally at the age of 12.  To deepen his musical education, he attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)  and majored in music at Southern University at New Orleans.  Johnson became Jaffe's protege, studying under him at NOCCA.

The Johnson family are no strangers to Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as his great uncle is Joseph “Kid Twat” Butler who played string bass with the legendary Kid Thomas Valentine and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  He is additionally a member of his family's brass band Coolbone (comprised of his 3 brothers, 2 uncles, and 4 cousins) and has toured with David Byrne, Ben Harper, Spearhead, Busta Rhymes, Counting Crows, De La Soul and other.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Heats Up

-By Eric Hansen of Deseret News

Life can be measured by the things on your "bucket list" and the things you never knew were on there in the first place. They include those truly memorable nights in your life that when someone asks about them, or when something reminds you, you can't help but pause for a moment and smile.
One of those nights happened for me in New Orleans a year ago with my sisters. After a great meal on a balmy night, we sat down and heard some live jazz. It was real, New Orleans jazz — in the heart of the French Quarter.

The music, beats and improvisation were so infectious that the slapping of my hands on the tops of my thighs would later turn to bruises. I slapped with such gusto that I couldn't help myself.
I tried to be more careful Sunday night at Red Butte Garden as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage, but it was hard.

The large band, clad in attire that could pass for costumes from the movie "Men In Black," delicately wailed — if that's possible — from one classic to the next.

Kicking it off with "They Come to Play" and "On the Bayou," the band, featuring guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, clarinet, piano and plenty of brass, talked little and played a lot and seemed to have a fantastic time doing so.

In a joint effort, much like the CD released in 2011, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band played with the Del McCoury band, creating a night of vintage New Orleans jazz, with a little bit of classic bluegrass sprinkled in...

Preservation Hall Jazz Band featured in Downbeat

Check out July's issue of Downbeat. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has a lovely feature, including interviews with Ben Jaffe, Clint Maedgen, and Charlie Gabriel.

Get your hands on a copy HERE!

A special thanks goes out to Jennifer Odell for featuring the band and sharing Preservation Hall's history with the jazz community.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


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!

Eh La Bas from Shake That Thing (Rec. 2001)
Shake That Thing is Available on iTUNES ($7.92)

Featured Musicians on Eh La Bas:
Don Vappie-Vocal/Banjo
John Brunious-Trumpet
Frank Demond-Trombone
Joe Lastie-Drums
Ben Jaffe-Bass
Rickie Monie-Piano

About Shake That Thing:
This is what New Orleans music is all about – sacred, profane, jubilant, solemn, loose, funky and fun. Drawing talent from the full cast of players featured in Preservation Hall’s nightly performances, this CD faithfully recreates the verve an energy for which the venue has become so well known.  

Featuring an expanded lineup of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Shake That Thing is a joyous celebration of over 40 years of New Orleans jazz tradition. Adding such New Orleans jazz luminaries as trumpeter Leroy Jones, clarinetist Dr. Michael White, and drummer Shannon Powell, the band powers through several standards and traditional tunes that easily rate as some of the most raucous, funky, and happy tracks to come out of Preservation Hall. From Don Vappie's patois vocals on "Eh la Bas" to the gospel-meets-street beat of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," most of the various New Orleans musical styles are covered here. This is relevant, rootsy jazz that deserves to be heard well beyond the confines of the institution it sprang from. 


Earl Scioneaux to Release Brassft Punk

Preservation Hall Sound Engineer, Earl Scioneaux III, will be recording a Daft Punk tribute album this Summer. Scioneaux's unique twist lies in the translation between his Daft Punk arrangements and the brass band musicians performing the music. Scioneaux is funding his project through donations generated by his BRASSFT PUNK KICKSTARTER account. Donations will end on 6/15 at 6:00PM.

Earl Scioneaux III Photo by Howard Lambert

"Daft Punk seemed an obvious choice - their music is great, it's accessible and widely known, and it's super danceable. What better way to reformat their tunes than the irresistible funky goodness of a New Orleans brass band?"

"I plan to arrange Daft Punk's 4 biggest hits for brass band.  I've already written the arrangement for Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.  The other 3 tunes I'll be doing are: One More Time, Around the World, and Da Funk."-Earl Scioneaux III

-Ars Technica, by Curt Hopkins

New developments:

Party/performance at Preservation Hall on Dec 15th, midnight - will
explore both electronic and acoustic music and feature, of course, a
performance of Brassft Punk

• Chicago artist Rob Loukotka will be bringing these amazing Daft Punk
replica helmets to the event for photo ops:

•Tickets & pre-orders of the record are available as rewards on
kickstarter.  The kickstarter campaign ends Friday, June 15.

• Multitrack stems of the record are available as an add-on option.
(great for mash-up/remix/dj stuff)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Re-Broadcast of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band on NPR's World Cafe

  World Cafe Broadcast Notification

The World Cafe will be re-broadcasting this session on Monday, June 11, 2012 in coordination with the new week-long New Orleans edition of our "Sense of Place" series. Select affiliates will air the show additionally on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

National Public Radio’s World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station and broadcast time at the following link:

…or worldwide, fans can connect to the WXPN Philadelphia stream Monday through Friday, 2pm to 4pm EST, here:

Late in the day of broadcast, the audio will be available to stream from the World Cafe website:

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.