The Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tailgate Ramble and Basin Street Blues

In some ways, The Preservation Hall Jazz band is the face of New Orleans. Here is the beginning of the profile of the band at its site, which is split between the band and the hall itself:

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label. Continue Reading…

Above is Tailgate Ramble. Below is Basin Street Blues. Only When the Saints Come Marching In is more associated with the great city. Here are some nice photos from the recording of the band’s latest album.