Friday, February 19, 2010

"Preservation Hall" in New Orleans,La.......real jazz.

A new CD that deserves your attention is called "PRESERVATION", and it contains 19 songs (25 on the deluxe edition) recorded by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, along with a host of accomplished musicians as varied as Tom Waits, Pete Seeger and the Blind Boys of Alabama. The proceeds from the album will go to help the struggling New Orlens icon survive. Located a couple doors down from Pat O'Brien's in the French Quarter, Preservation Hall is limping along on it's last leg. I've spent a couple of wonderful nights inside that tiny venue, cramped but happy, sweating profusely, and listening to some ageless New Orleans classics such as "The SAINTS GO MARCHING IN" . This isnt some pre-fabricated Disneyland, Preservation Hall is about history & keeping its storied past alive. The venue was first opened in 1961 and only has room for a couple rows of wood benches and does not contain AC. It is music at it's most primitive and it is a must see when your in the Big Easy. yourself & Preservation Hall a big favor, run out & by the CD and then head to New Orleans and catch the PHJB in person and help preserve an American icon.

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