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Indy Jazz Fest Day 2: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Brings the French Quarter to Indy

Out of the dust of ragtime and marching bands arose the origins of jazz as we know it today. Marching band players took up reeds, brass, woodwinds, and drums to gradually mold one of the most dynamic and passionate styles of music, the type of music that is purely 20th century American. Indianapolis has its own rich jazz tradition; Indiana Avenue used to be a hotbed of Indianapolis music venues, musicians, and jazz connoisseurs, fostering legends such as Slide Hampton and Pookie Johnson, Cannonball Adderley and Wes Montgomery. But the town with the richest jazz history is undoubtedly New Orleans, the mystery shrouded city of the south. Capturing the sounds of New Orleans jazz is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a touring group that’s been playing venues in some form or another around the United States for over 40 years. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be playing their historic breed of New Orleans jazz as part of the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest on Tuesday, September 14th at the Jazz Kitchen.

Documentary video about the history of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be playing in Indianapolis September 14 as part of the Indy Jazz Fest

 

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is named after Preservation Hall in New Orleans, a building that’s housed a huge number of businesses and venues since its construction in the early 19th century. Preservation Hall as we know it today is a music venue that was founded in 1961 by Allen and Sandra Jaffe. From its humble beginnings as the site of a weekly jam session among friends, Preservation Hall has grown to become one of the most famous “pure” music venues in New Orleans, offering no drinks, no air conditioning, no frills: just music. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues this tradition as a “pure” musical group: sterling chops, dynamic improvisations, and plenty of experience allow this band to faithfully recreate the budding days of New Orleans jazz with flair and accessibility you won’t find anywhere in Indianapolis music.

Video of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing at the Louisiana Music Factory; the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be playing in Indianapolis September 14 as part of the Indy Jazz Fest

 

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band officially began touring in 1963; early members and contributors to the band include jazz luminaries such as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. The band has performed for British royalty, kings in Thailand, at Carnegie Hall and in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. Today, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band includes 16 rotating members, each with their own unique style and presence. The group is directed by Ben Jaffe (son of the co-founders of Preservation Hall, Allen and Sandra Jaffe), who also plays tuba; other members include trumpeter Mark Braud, upright bassist Walter Payton, drummer Joseph Lastie Jr., banjo player Carl LeBlanc (who has also performed with Sun Ra, Fats Domino, and Bo Diddley), and saxophonist Charlie Gabriel.

Video of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing “When the Saints Go Marching In” live; the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be playing in Indianapolis September 14 as part of the Indy Jazz Fest

 

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring to Indianapolis a jazz experience unlike any other. Not only is it the longest standing band performing at the annual Indianapolis festival, it may be one of the only chances you get to experience authentic New Orleans jazz as it was meant to be played. No Indianapolis band at the Indy Jazz Fest can provide the level of experience or expertise at the disposal of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; it’s something you have to see for yourself. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be playing at The Jazz Kitchen on Tuesday, September 14, once at 7:00 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The second day of the Indy Jazz Fest with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a unique Indianapolis event, the likes of which you might not see until the next Indy Jazz Fest, so buy your tickets early and get a good seat!

Indy Jazz Fest Day 2: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at door

The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.253.4900
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