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Preservation Hall Jazz Band


Preservation Hall Jazz Band got its name from Preservation Hall, one of the most famous landmarks in New Orleans. The band has been referred to by one music critic as "a bridge across the ages - a link between the present day and the heyday of traditional New Orleans music." Some of the creators of this style of music are still with the ensemble. The musicians, who range in age from 29 to 88, seek to preserve the music that evolved in New Orleans around the turn of the century and to bring it to contemporary audiences. Collectively, these musicians represent the industry's elite; a finely tuned band whose members hail from highly regarded musical families. Together, they keep alive the traditions and history of this uniquely American sound. Known for its high energy, crowd-satisfying performances Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s tempo is a shade slower than other jazz forms and the melody is always clearly heard with improvisation at its heart.  Unobscured by complicated arrangements, the band’s greatness lies in the simplicity it brings to tunes like "Bucket's Got a Hole in It," "Bill Bailey," "Little Liza Jane," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and many more. At the Kennedy Center, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has appeared on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and in the Concert Hall.

"The best jazz band in the land." (San Fransisco Examiner)

February 2003
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