New Orleans Jazz Part 1 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band

New Orleans…what can I say that hasn’t already been said about this wonderful city, a unique “gumbo pot” of history that encompasses a variety of diverse art and culture including great food, beautiful architecture, and most of all, the New Orleans Jazz sound. When visiting New Orleans, you can always find an assortment of clubs representing the unique “N’awlins” musical style, which is not taught at a school or from a book, but lovingly maintained through generations of families who grew up listening, playing and teaching it.

The Preservation Hall is a world-renowned venue where, on any given day, you can see and hear veteran musicians nurturing the new generation of players. Many of these musicians comprise the ever-changing assemblage known as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which is the sum of both the house band, and the touring unit. There is also a music label added to the Preservation Hall umbrella.

If you’re a fan of the New Orleans sound but can’t make it to the illustrious city, then you are in for a real treat! Because you can still enjoy the music of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the comfort of your own home or on the go with any streaming service.  Why should you check out these collections of recordings?  Because, you’ll be privy to the beautiful history behind them. The time it took to cultivate these recordings and the fact that they have a pristine sound quality to them.

For the music collector’s, the packaging alone is impressive, featuring artwork based on designs conceived to reflect the music within.  I would start out with the suggestions below and let you explore the rest of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band albums on your own.  This is a good start in the right direction.  So, grab your umbrella, march around the room and throw it down in the true N’awlins jazz style!

THE BEST OF THE EARLY YEARS:

Sparklingly remastered from the original analog sources, this collection pulls the listener back in time to the dancehalls, brothels, clubs and speakeasies where this music was born. Highlighted by four previously unreleased songs, this recording includes the original-founding members who helped define the New Orleans genre of jazz and features recordings from the albums SWEET EMMA, BILLIE AND DEDE and HERE COME DA GREAT OLYMPIA BAND.

PRESERVATION HALL HOT 4 WITH DUKE DEJAN:

This recording features the final recorded performances of Harold “Duke” Dejan (founder of the Olympia Brass Band), a seminal figure and cultural ambassador for the music of New Orleans who died in 2002 at the age of 93. This album has wonderful covers of “Corrina,” I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You)” and a swinging version of “Ain’t She Sweet.” A classic example of the traditional New Orleans sound from a man who lived it.

SHAKE THAT THING:

A boisterous representation of the “state-of-the-hall,” circa now, SHAKE THAT THING shows why Preservation Hall remains a vital center of New Orleans music and a seminal American cultural treasure. This lovely bowl of N’awlins gumbo has everything but the kitchen sink represented and features vocal performances by Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, John Brunious, Don Vappie and others. Out of the three albums mentioned, it’s the most upbeat and versatile and really highlights the direction the band is going.

 

 

Michelle S.

J&R Adventures

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