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Preservation Hall Jazz Band tour dates, NYC this week, MSG

by Andrew Frisicano

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a rotating group of some of the most esteemed musicians in New Orleans, are all kinds of big easy – the mindset, not the proper noun. They are consummate professionals, but it doesn’t lend itself to a stuffy or by the numbers brand of jazz music. It’s a style that waltzes, lurches and whistles Dixie. It is dripping with the bourbon flairs that might be transcendent there in the streets and the waters, living there amongst a proud group of people who regularly show their elasticity and that pride in the way New Orleans is pulled off, the way that it’s perpetrated and seasoned. [Daytrotter]

The band, formed in 1961 under the direction of the late Allan Jaffe, has worked to promote New Orleans-style jazz through the county and world. Now, under the direction of Jaffe’s son, Preservation Hall creative director Ben, the collective and its rotating lineup continue to flourish, with concerts booked through 2010. This week, from March 31st to April 5th, the Preservation Hall Jazz band holds court for six-nights at NYC’s Blue Note. Each night has an early show and a late show; table reservations for each set are currently available.

Also this week, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is releasing a live CD titled New Orleans Preservation, Vol. 1. The disc was recorded earlier this year at the group’s home venue, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall, “located in the French Quarter, just three blocks from the Mississippi River” (says the band’s history).

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also return to NYC to the perform on the already-huge-and-growing bill of Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration at MSG on May 3rd (sold out).

In other New Orleans-to-New York news, we previously reported that NOLA Fest Ponderosa Stomp is presenting a special three-night program of music at Lincoln Center, the first of which takes place on July 17th. A set of pictures from the Ponderosa Stomp event at SXSW was also recently posted.

All tour dates, New Orleans Preservation Vol. 1 track list and art, and clips of Preservation Hall Jazz Band + the Blind Boys of Alabama (PHJB tourmates for part of 2009) below…

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Blind Boys of Alabama PART 1:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Blind Boys of Alabama PART 2:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
PRESERVATION HALL – New Orleans Preservation Vol. 1 TRACK LIST:
1. SHORT DRESSED GAL
2. MY SWEET SUBSTITUTE
3. EL MANICERO
4. SUGAR BLUES
5. CHOKO MO FEEL NO HEY
6. HALLOWEEN
7. TAILGATE RAMBLE
8. BLUE YODEL #9
9. I WISH I COULD SHIMMY LIKE MY SISTER KATE
10. I DON’T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE
11. TIGER RAG
12. WESTLAWN DIRGE
13. WHAT A FRIEND
14. ICE CREAM

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – 2009/10 Tour Dates
March 31, 2009 – 8:00 and 10:30pm – Blue Note – New York, NY
April 1, 2009 – 8:00 and 10:30pm – Blue Note – New York, NY
April 2, 2009 – 8:00 and 10:30pm – Blue Note – New York, NY
April 3, 2009 – 8:00 and 10:30pm – Blue Note – New York, NY
April 4, 2009 – 8:00 and 10:30pm – Blue Note – New York, NY
April 5, 2009 – 8:00 and 10:30pm – Blue Note – New York, NY
April 16, 2009 – 9:30pm – Schützenhaus Albisgütli – Zurich, SWITZERLAND
April 17, 2009 – 9:30pm – Schützenhaus Albisgütli – Zurich, SWITZERLAND
April 24, 2009 – 8:00pm – The Pinnacle – Down By The Riverside Tour w/The Blind Boys of Alabama – Clarksdale, MS
April 25, 2009 – 8:00pm – Cannon Center for the Performing Arts – Memphis, TN #
April 26, 2009 – Preservation Hall – w/ Del McCoury Band – New Orleans, LA
April 30, 2009 – House of Blues – w/Allen Toussaint – New Orleans, LA
May 1, 2009 – Preservation Hall – New Orleans, LA
May 2, 2009 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA
May 2, 2009 – Preservation Hall – New Orleans, LA
May 3, 2009 – Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Concert – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
June 7, 2009 – Filene Center – Wolftrap Farm Park – Vienna, VA
June 28, 2009 – Kate Wolf Festival – Laytonville, CA
July 4, 2009 – Robert Mondavi Winery – Oakville, CA
July 10, 2009 – Irvine Barclay Theatre – Irvine, CA
July 12, 2009 – Lou Bredlow Pavillion – Woodland Hills, CA
July 13, 2009 – Madrid Theater – Canoga Park, CA
August 1, 2009 – Litchfield Jazz Festival – Kent, CT
August 2, 2009 – Long’s Park Amphitheater – Lancaster, PA
October 3, 2009 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
October 28, 2009 – Messe Basel, Grosser Festsaal – Messeplatz, Basel, SWITZERLAND #
November 1, 2009 – Musikhuset Aarhus – DENMARK #
November 2, 2009 – Goteborg Konserthus – Goteborg, SWEDEN #
November 5, 2009 – Salem Konferansesenter – Bergen, NORWAY #
November 6, 2009 – Salem Konferansesenter – Bergen, NORWAY #
November 7, 2009 – Rica Nidelven Hotel – Trondheim, NORWAY #
November 10, 2009 – Cankarjef Dom Cultural & Congress Center – Ljubljana, SLOVENIA #
November 11, 2009 – Salle Pleyel – Paris, FRANCE #
December 20, 2009 – Lewis Family Playhouse – A Creole Christmas – Cucamonga, CA
December 23, 2009 – Disney Hall – A Creole Christmas – Los Angeles, CA
January 8, 2010 – Warner Theatre – Washington, D.C.
January 10, 2010 – Memorial Hall – Chapel Hill, NC
January 14, 2010 – Schermerhorn Symphony Center – Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ The Nashville Symphony – Nashville, TN
January 15, 2010 – Schermerhorn Symphony Center – Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ The Nashville Symphony – Nashville, TN
January 16, 2010 – Schermerhorn Symphony Center – Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ The Nashville Symphony – Nashville, TN
January 23, 2010 – Cailloux Theater – Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ Symphony of the Hills Orchestra – Kerrville, TX
March 20, 2010 – Orchestra Hall – Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ Minnesota Orchestra – Minneapolis, MN
# Down By The Riverside Tour – w/The Blind Boys of Alabama

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