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Preservation Hall Jazz Band played Voodoo w/ Jim James (pics, video), on tour (RIP Walter Payton)

photos by Alysse Gafkjen

Voodoo 2010
Voodoo 2010

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band suffered a serious blow, earlier this week, with the passing of bassist Walter Payton. Still, they played on (bassless) – with a photo of Walter, surrounded by flowers, sitting on a pedestal amid life-size wooden cutouts depicting departed PHJB members like John Brunious and Sweet Emma Barrett. My Morning Jacket’s Jim James joined the band, as he had at Jazz Fest 2010 (MMJ appears on the band’s latest album, “Preservation”) for a short set that included a fierce double interpretation of “St. James Infirmary.” James sang it straight, as a bluesy dirge; once he concluded, Hallahan grabbed a pair of sticks and joined drummer Joe Lastie for a hot, swung-out version. Hall vocalist Clint Maedgen scorched the mic; plenty of cowbell and tambourine gave the number a street-parade, Mardi Gras Indian feel (sort of like Wardell Quezergue’s famous production of the Dixie Cups’ “Iko Iko,” which, legend has it, utilized ashtrays and water glasses for its unforgettably clanky percussion.)

After the song, the band second-lined out and into the crowd, then returned to the stage for a closing version of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene.”

From somewhere, Payton surely felt well sent off.” [Nola.com]

As noted in the setlist, Preservation Hall Jazz Band also joined My Morning Jacket on stage at Voodoo over the weekend. Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s next show is at City Winery in NYC TONIGHT (11/3). More dates, pictures from Voodoo Fest, and some videos too, below…

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My Morning Jacket pics HERE.

Preservation Hall Band at VooDoo Fest 2010

Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Jim James

My Morning Jacket & Preservation Hall Jazz Band cover Black Sabbath on Halloween night at Voodoo Experience. 10/31/10

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – 2010 Tour Dates
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 City Winery New York, NY
Sunday, November 21, 2010 American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band with The Del McCoury Band @ Philharmonic Center for the Arts Naples, FL
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Tower Theater Bend, OR
Thursday, December 2, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Edmonds Center For The Arts Edmonds, WA
Friday, December 3, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Admiral Theatre Bremerton, WA
Saturday, December 4, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Atwood Theatre Anchorage, AK
Sunday, December 5, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Atwood Theatre Anchorage, AK
Monday, December 6, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Hering Auditorium Fairbanks, AK
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Capilano Jazz Series, Meek Center Vancover, BC Canada
Thursday, December 9, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Markham Theatre Hamilton, Ontario Canada
Friday, December 10, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Annenberg Center Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, December 11, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Southold High School Auditorium Southold, NY
Friday, December 17, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ The Kennedy Center Washington, DC
Sunday, December 19, 2010 Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Creole Christmas” @ Atlanta Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek, CO
Monday, January 17, 2011 Sheraton City Center Salt Lake City, Utah

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