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Preservation Hall Jazz Band photo by John McCusker
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
A Night In New Orleans

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
photo by John McCusker


Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Night In New Orleans

If New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, then Preservation Hall is its most enduring monument. Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Night In New Orleans offers viewers a rare performance of this indigenous American musical form. The one-hour special airs on PBS Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 8:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

The concert, taped live at Preservation Hall, celebrates New Orleans jazz and the generations of artists who strive to preserve it. Embraced by the unique combination of down-at-the-heels surroundings and sweet sounds, standing-room-only crowds have flocked to this one-room music hall for more than three decades. Located just a few steps from the riotous color of Bourbon Street, Preservation Hall stands as New Orleans' bastion of traditional jazz.

Featured in Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Night In New Orleans are band members Ben Jaffe (bass; manager of Preservation Hall), David Grillier (clarinet), Joseph Lastie Jr. (drums), Rickie Monie (piano), Frank Demond (trombone), Wendell Brunious (trumpet) and Narvin Kimball (banjo). Collectively, these musicians represent the industry's elite; a finely tuned band whose members hail from highly regarded musical families. Together, they keep alive the traditions and history of this uniquely American sound.

Songs performed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band include:

"When the Saints Go Marching In"
"Tiger Rag"
"Panama"
"Just a Closer Walk With Thee"
"Hindustan"

Underwriters: Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Public Television Viewers and PBS. Producer: WYES New Orleans in association with Brandenburg Productions, Inc. Executive producer/director: Phillip Byrd. Associate director/editor: Janet Shapiro. WYES executive in charge: Randall Feldman. Format: CC STEREO.

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