"The greatest of the original new Orleans Jazz Bands"
SAN DIEGO – A must-see for jazz fans. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at the Birch North Park Theatre on Thursday, in a concert presented by Lyric Opera San Diego.
The band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, and was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans jazz.
Whether the band is performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of the current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of the founders, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band and record label.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band began touring in 1963. For many years, several bands successfully toured as Preservation Hall.
Many of the band's charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early 20th century, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson.
Band leaders over the band's history include the brothers Willie and Percy Humphrey, husband and wife Billie and De De Pierce, famed pianist Sweet Emma Barrett, and in the modern era, Wendell and John Brunious. These founding artists and dozens of others passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation, who now follow in their footsteps.
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