Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band is the name for groups of traditional jazz musicians from New Orleans on tours organized by Preservation Hall.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band usually performs nightly at Preservation Hall and tours around the world over 150 days a year. Hurricane Katrina, however, forced Preservation Hall to close through the fall and winter of 2005, and the building remained shut until April 2006. The band continued to tour while the hall was closed.

Music groups performing at Preservation Hall predated the name "Preservation Hall Jazz Band". Allan Jaffe, a young tuba player who had taken over running the hall, organized tours for the musicians who often performed there, naming the band after the venue. The late Alan Jaffe was often in the Preservation Hall Band; his son string bass player Ben Jaffe often is now.

The band has been touring the United States for more than 25 years. They seek to preserve music evolved in New Orleans, and to bring it to contemporary audiences.

The band made a brief appearance in the 1965 film "The Cincinnati Kid", including a close-up of pianist and vocalist Emma Barrett.

In 2006, the band was awarded the National Medal of Arts.


Current personnel (2006)

*Ben Jaffe - bass
*Ralph Johnson - clarinet
*Joseph Lastie, Jr - drums
*Rickie Monie - piano
*Frank Demond - trombone
*Carl Le Blanc - banjo
*Lucien Barbarin - trombone
*Clint Maedgen - vocalist

Historic members

A partial listing of the musicians who have played under the "Preservation Hall Jazz Band" name include:

*John Brunious - trumpeter
*Kid Thomas Valentine - trumpeter
*Punch Miller - trumpeter
*De De Pierce - trumpeter
*Percy Humphrey - trumpeter
*Kid Sheik Colar - trumpet
*Louis Nelson - trombonist
*Jim Robinson - trombonist
*Dr. Michael White -clarinetist
*George Lewis - clarinetist
*Albert Burbank - clarinetist
*Willie Humphrey - clarinetist
*Raymond Burke - clarinetist
*Manny Crusto (Manuel Mitchell Crusto) - clarinetist (died 03/18/2002; age 83)
*Joseph Robichaux - pianist
*Billie Pierce - pianist
*"Sweet Emma" Barrett - pianist
*Jeanette Kimball - pianist
*Sing Miller - pianist
*Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau - bass
*Narvin Kimball - banjo
*Emanuel Sayles - banjo
*Josiah "Cie" Frazier - drums
*Walter Payton - bass
*Allan Jaffe - tuba

Partial discography

*2006 "Preservation Hall - Live At the 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival"
*2005 "Songs of New Orleans"
*2005 "Sweet Emma"
*2004 "Shake That Thing"
*2004 "Preservation Hall Hot 4 With Duke Dejan"
*1998 "Because of You"
*1997 "Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans, La"
*1996 "In the Sweet Bye and Bye"
*1992 "Live"
*1989 "The Best of Preservation Hall Jazz Band"
*1987 "New Orleans, Vol. 4"
*1982 "When the Saints Go Marchin' In (New Orleans, Vol. 3)"
*1982 "New Orleans, Vol. 2"
*1977 "New Orleans, Vol. 1"
*1966 "Billie and De De Pierce and Their PHJB"
*1964 "Sweet Emma and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band"


* William Carter. "Preservation Hall: Music from the Heart". 1991. ISBN 0393029158
* [ Preservation Hall Jazz Band reunites in NYC] Associated Press, "", Sept 21 2005, Retrieved July 24 2008

External links

* [ Preservation Hall: About The Band]
* [ Preservation Hall] Official site

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