Preservation Hall will present Midnight Preserves, a concert series scheduled to take place from April 24 to May 4 during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The series curated by Preservation Hall creative director Ben Jaffe and is now in its fourth year. Two-time Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard (pictured), whose CD A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina) was the recipient of this year’s Grammy Award for Best Jazz Ensemble, will serve as the artist in residence for the series.
Blanchard will perform as special guest with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on April 25th and with George Wein and the Preservation Hall All-Stars on April 26th. Blanchard will also host a concert featuring the students of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz on Wednesday, April 30th, from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. The concert is open to the public (limited space available).
Midnight Preserves will also feature concerts by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, George Wein, artist, DJ and producer Kid Koala, and others. There will also be sets by the duo Benevento-Russo, blues legend, John Hammond, New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more.