Live Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

photo by Alan Lawrence (view set)

Few groups span the ages like Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Though not nearly as old as they music they play, the New Orleans ensemble first formed in the early 60’s to renew interest in traditional jazz. Over the past five decades, many of the Crescent City’s finest musicians have performed for visitors at home and while touring abroad, but most importantly, they preserve that legacy through the generations. Today, a revered clarinetist and vocalist like Charlie Gabriel, now in his 80’s, plays side by side with a trombonist nearly half his age, like Ronell Johnson, whose great uncle was a legendary musician himself. At least three generations of jazz royalty stepped into The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy to perform some New Orleans classics. It’s time for the Mardi Gras now.

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