Preservation Hall Jazz Band
New Orleans Jazz - Hot Club - Swing
Clint Maedgen (vocals, tenor sax); Mark Braud (vocals, trumpet); Walter Payton (vocals, bass); Elliott "Stackman" Callier (sax); Freddie Lonzo (trombone); Ben Jaffe (tuba); Rickie Monie (piano); Shannon Powell (drums).
Sun 13 July 2008 16:00 - 17:15 Congo
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is named after the hall with the same name in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The top of the music scene has performed there since 1961. Caretaker Allan Jaffe started organizing opportunities for musicians under the name Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Almost half a century later the band can still be regarded as the custodian of original and pure hot New Orleans jazz. The ensemble, which includes a substantial wind section, performs traditional music and is conducted by the present creative director Benjamin Jaffe (son of Allan). The pace of New Orleans jazz is somewhat slower than in other jazz genres. The greatness of the music really lies in its simplicity: the improvisations are the core of the melody. Last year the CD box Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions was released. It includes historic recordings, saved from the recent Katrina flood in New Orleans.