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Phil Lesh Receives Key To Port Chester & Performs Guest-Filled Halloween Show At The Capitol Theatre
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Robert Randolph, Nicki Bluhm and Rob Barraco joined Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on Halloween night at The Capitol Theatre.
Phil Lesh Kicks Off Tour In Washington D.C. With Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Robert Randolph & More
Watch and listen to a masterful Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band show featuring Robert Randolph, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Nicki Bluhm.
Previous collaborators Win Butler & Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at a charity concert in New York City.
Watch legendary New Orleans ensemble the Preservation Jazz Hall Band perform a World Cafe Session at WXPN Performance Studio.
Longtime friends and collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Jim James have an intimate show in store ahead of Sound Summit.
Watch Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform a set of Cuban-inspired songs from their latest album for Seattle’s KEXP.
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About Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz and recently performed with The Foo Fighters and The Black Keys and appeared on an episode of Sonic Highways. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label.
The building that houses Preservation Hall has housed many businesses over the years including a tavern during the war of 1812, a photo studio and an art gallery. It was during the years of the art gallery that then owner, Larry Bornstein, began holding informal jam sessions for his close friends. Out of these sessions grew the concept of Preservation Hall. The intimate venue, whose weathered exterior has been untouched over its history, is a living embodiment of its original vision. To this day, Preservation Hall has no drinks, air conditioning, or other typical accoutrements strictly welcoming people of all ages interested in having one of the last pure music experiences left on the earth.
The PHJB began touring in 1963 and for many years there were several bands successfully touring under the name Preservation Hall. Many of the band’s charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early twentieth century including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. Band leaders over the band’s history include the brothers Willie and Percy Humphrey, husband and wife Billie and De De Pierce, and famed pianist Sweet Emma Barrett. These founding artists and dozens of others passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation who now follow in their footsteps like current band leader and trumpeter John Brunious.