Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band embodies a joyful, timeless spirit that continues to nurture and perpetuate its hallmark New Orleans Jazz sound.
Deriving its name from the historic French Quarter venue where it frequently performs, the PHJB began touring in 1963. Many of the band’s charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early twentieth century — Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson among them.
For their 50th anniversary, Preservation Hall Jazz Band celebrated with a retrospective CD and appearances at Carnegie Hall and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Billed as “Preservation Hall and Friends,” their anniversary concerts featured guests as diverse as Allen Toussaint, Steve Earle, Bonnie Raitt, Givers and Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def). They also appeared in the film Louisiana Fairytale that documents their collaboration with American rock band My Morning Jacket, showing the legendary musicians passing on traditions and inspiring a new generation.
Preservation Hall, located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe, and continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label. To this day, Preservation Hall has no drinks, air conditioning, or other typical accoutrements, strictly welcoming people of all ages interested in having one of the last pure music experiences left on Earth.