Tag Archives: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Photos: Preservation Hall Ball at the Civic, October 3, 2014

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage at the Civic Theater with some very special friends for the Preservation Hall Ball on Friday, October 3. Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, Beats Antique, and many more performed at the event, which served as a fundraising benefit for the Preservation Hall Foundation. All photos by Elsa Hahne. [...]

Preservation Hall Drummer Joe Lastie Has Music in his Genes

It’s not a stretch to say that music—and especially drumming—is in Joe Lastie’s genes. As a child, he heard his maternal grandfather playing drums in church and his paternal grandfather, Frank Lastie, do the same. Other drummers in his family include greats such as his uncle Walter “Popee” Lastie and his cousin Herlin Riley. He [...]

Preservation Hall Turns 53

Preservation Hall opened its doors to the public for the first time on June 10, 1961 – 53 years ago today. Allan and Sandra Jaffe wanted to help ensure the musical traditions unique to New Orleans would survive and thrive, and to do that, the couple opened the minimalist Preservation Hall. As Allan Jaffe explained [...]

Photo Op: Zack Smith has One Foot in the Swamp

As a musician and a photographer, Zack Smith combines two passions for his exhibition, One Food in the Swamp: Portraits and Daydreams as Photographs, a collection of 16 photographs of local artists, musicians, actors and dancers, along with some personal favorites from the last 14 years. Smith calls his work “collective collaborations.” The Rotary Downs [...]

The Foo Fighters Rock Preservation Hall

When word got out that the Foo Fighters were in New Orleans recording at Preservation Hall, I figured it was only a matter of time before they popped up somewhere to play a show, far from the confines of their usual arena or stadium setting. They seem to like to do that–show up some place [...]

Video Premiere: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “Go to the Mardi Gras”

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band wants to get you in a Mardi Gras frame of mind with their brand new cover of the Professor Longhair Carnival standard “Go to the Mardi Gras.” Produced by Austin based event promotion outfit Do512 for their Lounge Series, the video showcases the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s ongoing effort to [...]

Jazz Fest 2014 “Aural History” Official Poster Released

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and its historic home on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter are the subjects of this year’s official “Aural History” Jazz Fest poster. The 45th anniversary edition Jazz & Heritage Festival poster, released February 4, is one of two official designs produced annually by Art4Now and a collaborative artist [...]

Photos: Voodoo Music Experience 2013, Pearl Jam, The Cure, More…

Last weekend (November 1 – 3), the Voodoo Music Experience held its 15th ritual in City Park and first on the park’s year-old festival grounds. Highlights from the fest included performances from: Pearl Jam, the Cure, Kid Rock, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dr. John, Allen Stone, Andrew Duhon, A Silent Film, the Breton Sound, CC [...]

Photos: Mumford and Sons with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Mardi Gras World

On Monday (September 13), pop favorites Mumford and Sons made good on its promise to perform at Mardi Gras World. The show was initially scheduled for June 13 but scrapped when bassist Ted Dwane underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from the surface of his brain. At Mardi Gras World, an appearance by the [...]

New Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “That’s It!”

Last weekend the Preservation Hall Jazz Band debuted the video for “That’s It!” the lead single from its recently released album of the same name. Recorded in Preservation Hall and produced by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and Hall proprietor, heir and sousaphone player Ben Jaffe, That’s It! marks the legendary ensemble first effort [...]