Alex Ebert

Preservation Hall Jazz Band guards tradition while looking ahead

Preservation Hall Jazz Band guards tradition while looking ahead

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans was born in 1961 with a mission outlined in its very name.

The goal: to preserve a traditional style of music at a time when it was being overshadowed by the arrival of rock ‘n’ roll as well as more contemporary forms of jazz such as bebop.

So how did this venerable, historically minded institution, which comprises both touring ensembles and the titular home court venue in the Crescent City, mark its 50th anniversary in 2011?

By releasing the first album in its half-century history consisting of new material, rather than...

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