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Preservation Hall Starts Record Label

There was a time when music recorded at New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall could only be heard on self-released albums made available through the venue’s Web site, local record stores or from Preservation Hall itself.

That was, of course, until now!

The legendary New Orleans venue located in the heart of the French Quarter has been devoted to jazz for the past 42 years. Now it is set to start its own record label, the appropriately named Preservation Hall Recordings.

The label, a collaboration of Ben Jaffe, codirector of Preservation Hall, Steve DeBro, a former vice president at Atlantic Records, and Albert Lee, the former chief of production at Nonesuch Records, will make its big debut on Jan. 27 with a trifecta of releases showcasing the venue’s devotion to historic and contemporary traditional New Orleans jazz.

The first Preservation Hall Recordings album to be released will be Best of the Early Years, a collection of classic performances by the venue’s legendary mainstays including, naturally, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, an ensemble comprised of trumpeter De De Pierce, clarinetist George Lewis and pianists Billie Pierce and Sweet Emma Barrett. Also released on January 27 will be The Hot Four, recordings of vocalist Harold “Duke” Dejan’s quartet, and Shake That Thing, an anthology of tracks by an eclectic group of the Preservation Hall’s active players.

For more information regarding the Preservation Hall check out its Web site at

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