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Film Soundtracks - Released June 28, 2019 | Sub Pop Records

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Jazz - Released September 21, 2012 | Columbia - Legacy

Founded in 1961 as a sort of loose institution where overlooked and often underappreciated New Orleans jazz musicians could gain wider exposure while simultaneously preserving the traditions of their unique music and culture, Preservation Hall has grown into an internationally celebrated establishment, with each generation of draftees playing in a constantly revolving in-house ensemble. Produced by Hall bassist Ben Jaffe (whose parents Allan and Sandra Jaffe helped co-found and manage the Hall) along with Michael Cuscuna, the Preservation Hall's 2012 four-disc anthology The 50th Anniversary Collection compiles tracks recorded by the Hall's inductees from the 1960s to the 2010s. Included are live and studio tracks from each of the Hall's various lineups, featuring such legendary artists as George Lewis, Billie and De De Pierce, Harold "Duke" Dejan, Percy and Willie Humphrey, Narvin Kimball, John and Wendell Brunious, and many others. Also featured are various recordings the more contemporary lineups made, featuring such guest artists as Tom Waits, Pete Seeger, the Del McCoury Band, and Richie Havens. There is also a 60-page booklet featuring photos and liner notes that, combined with the extensive and well-curated track selection, works to showcase not only how successful the Hall was at shining a light on authentic, rough, and honest New Orleans jazz, but also how, in more recent years, the group evolved into a creatively vital and stylistically nuanced ensemble, where musicians from all areas of post-jazz music, from bop to pop, bluegrass to blues, can find common ground in the fertile soil of the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies of New Orleans jazz. This is a loving, intimate, and joyful collection that details what makes the Preservation Hall Jazz Band such a valued and widely celebrated group both in New Orleans and on tour around the world. ~ Matt Collar
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Jazz - Released February 3, 1987 | Sony Classical

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Jazz - Released July 9, 2013 | Sub Pop Records

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 2013 album, That's It!, is the first album of all-original material in their 50-year career. Certainly, the storied ensemble has performed original songs by its various members over the years, but the group has never released an album made up solely of new compositions. In that sense, the album fits in with Preservation Hall Jazz Band's recent creative direction that found them collaborating with artists from other genres, including 2010's Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program and 2011's jazz-meets-bluegrass experiment American Legacies, featuring the Del McCoury Band. Some of this newfound creativity is surely due in large part to bassist and tuba player Ben Jaffe having taken over as Preservation Hall's director, a legacy passed down to him by his parents, who co-founded the institution. Under his creative direction, Preservation Hall has flourished as a vital part of New Orleans culture. Produced by Jaffe along with My Morning Jacket's Jim James, That's It! celebrates this culture with a batch of brand-new songs that, while hewing closely to the swinging blues and gospel-oriented traditions of New Orleans jazz, never feel stodgy or revivalist. These are freewheeling, organic productions that make the most of the group's mix of older and younger musicians. Along with new songs by Jaffe, clarinetist/vocalist Charlie Gabriel, pianist Rickie Monie, and saxophonist/vocalist Clint Maedgen, the album also features songs co-written by several pop artists, including the legendary Paul Williams and Semisonic's Dan Wilson. All of which helps to make That's It! a vibrant, engaging work and one of Preservation Hall's best albums. ~ Matt Collar
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Jazz - Released September 19, 2018 | Sub Pop Records

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Jazz - Released March 14, 1989 | Sony Classical

This is a good sampler for the uninitiated -- pass it on after you collect the first four volumes. ~ Bruce Boyd Raeburn
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2012 | New Rounder

The 2012 live album St. Peter & 57th St. features the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing at Carnegie Hall. Featuring the 2012 Preservation Hall Jazz Band line-up led by bassist Ben Jaffe and including trumpeter Mark Braud, trombonist Freddie Lonzo, clarinetist/vocalist Charlie Gabriel, and others, the show was a benefit concert intended to raise funds for the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. Appearing alongside the band were several guest artists including the Del McCoury Band, Steve Earle, Trombone Shorty, and others. Released in celebration of the Preservation Hall's 50th Anniversary, the album is a rootsy, high-energy, and spirited mix of New Orleans jazz and blues with some gospel and country inflections. ~ Matt Collar
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Jazz - Released September 10, 2007 | Sony Classical

Formed in New Orleans in 1961 by tuba player (and later, band producer) Allan Jaffe, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a loose confederation of musicians whose musical roots stretch all the way back to French society dances of the 18th century, but perhaps more importantly, encompass the street corner neighborhood ensemble playing that has made New Orleans sound like no other city on earth. Membership in the band is always in constant flux (Preservation has had six different pianists in its history, and three different banjo players, for instance, but only two drummers, Josiah Cie Frazier and Joseph Lastie, Jr.), which may account for the somewhat erratic nature of the group's studio work over the years -- sides can range from impassioned and spirited to surprisingly sedate and by the numbers, but then this is a band that is best comprehended in live performance and always has been. This two-disc set draws from Preservation's lengthy stay with Columbia Records from 1976 to 1992 and since it weeds out the uninspired, it makes for a fine portrait of this venerable band. ~ Steve Leggett
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Jazz - Released August 16, 1988 | Sony Classical

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Jazz - Released September 19, 2018 | Sub Pop Records

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Classical - Released March 27, 1998 | Sony Classical

Like any of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's previous records, Because of You is an engaging collection of Dixieland and New Orleans jazz standards, written by the likes of Earl Hines, Louis Cottrell, and Sammy Cahn. What makes this special is the spotlight on Narvin Kimball, the group's oldest member. Kimball sings many of these songs, most of which are love songs, and his performances give the album a warm, appealing quality, even if his singing isn't technically perfect. ~ Thom Owens
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Classical - Released February 11, 1992 | Sony Classical

Since the 1950s, the Preservation Hall has been a major venue for the traditional jazz music sound for which the city of New Orleans is famous. The place itself is simple and unassuming, located in a decrepit building in the French Quarter. There, music-lovers sit on hard wooden benches with no amenities or refreshments. They are rewarded with performances by some of the greatest names in traditional jazz, as well as modernists who are carrying on the legacy of that early era in the birthplace of jazz. In the former category are luminaries such as Willie Humphrey on trumpet and vocals and his brother, Percy Humphrey, on clarinet. These musicians, along with Kid Sheik Cola on trumpet, are some of the senior members of the band. Younger musicians carrying the torch forward include Dr. Michael White on clarinet, Wendell Brunious on trumpet, and Greg Stafford on cornet and vocals. Young and old, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's constituents pour their collective talents into some of the best-loved music of a bygone era. They start right in with "Hindustan" and "Tishomingo Blues," then serve up the popular "Ice Cream" ("I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream"). Other standouts include "Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet," "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place," "Savoy Blues," and "Burgundy Street Blues." The band plays the spiritual "Lily of the Valley" in a reverential tone and goes out on a joyous note with the perennial favorite "When the Saints Go Marching In." You can't get any more New Orleans than this. ~ Rose of Sharon Witmer
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Jazz - Released July 9, 2013 | Sub Pop Records

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Jazz - Released February 20, 1996 | Sony Classical

This the group's gospel album, honoring one of the main components of New Orleans jazz that seldom gets recorded for more than a tune or two. Despite their age, the group blows with a sweetness that only comes with years of playing together, and the band turns in spirited versions of "I Shall Not Be Moved," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Do Lord," "God Will Take Care of You," and "He Touched Me." The patriarch of New Orleans' most famous musical family, Ellis Marsalis, guests on piano for two tracks. ~ Cub Koda
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Classical - Released August 2, 1988 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 1, 1988 | Sony Classical

This LP, the fourth of four for Columbia, was the last one by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's founder Allan Jaffe, who played tuba and passed away when he was 52. Most of the rest of the band (trumpeter Percy Humphrey, clarinetist Willie Humphrey, trombonist Frank Demond, pianist Sing Miller, banjoist Narvin Kimball and drummer Frank Parker) was actually quite a bit older, particularly the Humphreys. The New Orleans revival music they perform includes "Oh Didn't He Ramble," "Gettysburg March," "St. James Infirmary" and "Bourbon Street Parade," and it's enjoyable enough, but the playing is quite erratic, particularly from the horns. This was a band better seen live than listened to closely on records. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released June 20, 2019 | Sub Pop Records