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Preservation Hall Jazz Band on tour, playing Symphony Space (win tickets!)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall, at 726 St. Peter Street, started in 1961 as a place where longtime New Orleans musicians could play the city’s most traditional jazz. It gathered a core Preservation Hall Jazz Band that performs regularly at the hall itself, with personnel gradually changing through the years.

Ben Jaffe, the bassist and sousaphone player who is the group’s current creative director, is the son of the band’s previous director, Allan Jaffe. Other members, including the drummer Joe Lastie, the trombonist Freddie Lonzo and the clarinetist Charlie Gabriel, come from multigenerational musical families…

…the Preservation Hall Jazz Band showed how easily it could hop from era to era. It could work like a rhythm-and-blues horn section or a tightly arranged little big band if need be, but it could also switch back into the polyphonic glories of vintage New Orleans jazz, in which nearly every instrument seems to improvise around the tune at the same time. [NY Times]

New Orleans royalty the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are about a week into their summer tour of that will bring them to Symphony Space on June 13. Tickets are still available and we’re also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.

All PHJB tour dates and a short documentary about Preservation Hall are also below.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – 2012 Tour Dates
6/9: Winston-Salem, NC @ Thrust Theatre, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
6/10: Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden (with The Del McCoury Band)
6/13: New York, NY @ Symphony Space Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
6/15: Portsmouth, NH @ The Music Hall
6/16: Croton-on-Hudson, NY @ The Clearwater Festival
6/17: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
6/22: Vancouver, BC @ Centre for the Performing Arts
6/23: Victoria, BC @ TD Victoria International Jazz Fest
6/28: Breckenridge, CO @ Breckenridge Music Festival
6/29: Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
6/30: Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
7/1: San Francisco, CA @ Sigmund Stern Grove
7/2: Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
7/4: San Rafael, CA @ Marin County Fair
7/6: Irvine, CA @ Irvine Barclay Theatre
7/7: Livermore, CA @ Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Bankhead Theater
7/12: Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
7/13: Wichita, KS @ The Orpheum
7/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Music and Arts Festival
7/15: Reno, NV @ Reno is Artown Grand Sierra Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
7/24: Fish Creek, WI @ Door Community Auditorium
7/25: Interlochen, MI @ Interlochen Center for the Arts Kresge Auditorium
7/26: Boston, MA @ Boston Globe Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square
7/27: Boston, MA @ Boston Globe Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square
7/28: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival 2012
8/2: Wellfleet, MA @ Wellfleet Preservation Hall
8/3: Newport, RI @ Newport Jazz Festival
8/8: Fryeburg, ME @ Fryeburg Academy Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center
8/9: Waterford, CT @ B.O.M.B. FEST Harkness Memorial State Park

For a chance at winning a pair of tickets to see Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Symphony Space: either tweet something that includes both @BrooklynVegan AND “PHJB” in the tweet, or send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line “PHJB”. Include your first and last name in the email. We’ll pick a winner at random and contact them with more details. If you enter by email, it will not be shared with anyone else. Good luck!

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