February 26, 1993 |
On the day the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration reached its climactic frenzy earlier this week, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, that cornerstone of New Orleans music, was starting its day in . . . Cedar City, Utah? "We're on our way to Salt Lake City," said trumpeter Wendell Brunious, leader of this particular Preservation Hall band (there are three), in an early-morning phone interview before the group's bus headed north. The current tour--with stops in Tempe and Sun City, Ariz.
July 8, 1993 |
Utter the words "New Orleans jazz" and "clarinet" together and for nine out of 10 people, the bald pate and goateed face of Pete Fountain instantly come to mind. But though his performances at his French Quarter club are justifiably legendary, Fountain's actual playing style--technically masterful, smooth as a glass table top--is closer to that of such Swing Era masters as Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw than to the turn-of-the-century players who gave birth to jazz in Fountain's hometown.
July 29, 2010 |
New Orleans musicians often write about tragedies and the BP oil spill is no exception. These are just a small sample of the jazz, bluegrass, rap and other songs New Orleans musicians wrote about the spill. Nobody knows nothin' . Written by John Boutte, Bill Lynn and Paul Sanchez. Featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Clint Maedgen and Threadhead Records artists John Boutté, Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, Craig Klein, and Margie Perez Ain't My Fault. with Mos Def', Lenny Kravitz, Trombone Shorty, Tim Robbins, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sorry Ain't Enough No More by Shamarr Allen, Dee-1, Paul Sanchez, & Bennie of Hot 8 Sportsman's Paradise by Ramblin' Letters Sweet Crude Blues by John Bagnato Hey Tony!
July 5, 2001
8pm Jazz Ken Burns' "Jazz" series devoted generous attention to the raw, straight-from-the-heart brand of jazz that Louis Armstrong, King Oliver and others developed in New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century. The style is still embraced at Preservation Hall in the Crescent City. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns for another of its foot-stamping performances in Irvine.* Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive. 8 p.m. $26 to $32. (949) 854-4646.
July 1, 1991 |
In its continuing crusade to perpetuate New Orleans jazz, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band--with its mix of young and old players--provided a convincing case at UCLA's Wadsworth Hall for the past and present value of this collectively improvised music. This particular ensemble, perhaps the best of the various Preservation Hall groups, featured on Friday night a number of top musicians, particularly in the front line of horns, with leader Wendell Brunious a standout on trumpet.
July 8, 2004 |
Think of New Orleans jazz as the first rock 'n' roll. Bursting into public consciousness in the post-World War I years, it was the soundtrack for the Jazz Age, the irresistible, foot-tapping accompaniment for the cultural transformation known as the Roaring '20s. And it's never really gone away. Sure, there were moments of eclipse -- the Swing Era, rock, disco, hip-hop, rap -- but New Orleans jazz never disappeared.