Photo Gallery: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

50 years of classic New Orleans jazz in pictures

New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, with a comprehensive boxed set and a new live album. Here’s a slideshow of photos from through the venerable outfit’s long run.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The story of Preservation Hall dates back to the 1950s at Associated Artists, a small art gallery at 726 St. Peter Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
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Preservation Hall jazz Band: An early recording session at 726 St. Peter with Harold “Duke” Dejan (Alto Saxophone) performing with his band, Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Before long, Borenstein’s sessions took on a life of their own; enthusiasts of the music gravitated toward the gallery.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A courtyard jam in Preservation Hall’s courtyard, circa 1961. Photo by Dan Leyrer
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The jam sessions at 726 St. Peter became much more frequent, so much that Borenstein had moved his gallery to the building next door.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Press clippings from Preservation Hall’s early days.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: One of the first organized bands to perform regularly inside Preservation Hall was the George Lewis Band (George Lewis on Clarinet).
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Another featured band that played at the Hall during the early years was Billie and De De Pierce and Their Preservation Hall Jazz Band. (Billie - Trumpet, De De - Piano)
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: One of the first international tours was The George Lewis Band performing in Japan.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Sweet Emma Barrett was one of New Orleans’ most famous pianists and vocalists and performed regularly at the Hall and on tour.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The Sweet Emma album was then followed by the release of “Billie and De De Pierce and Their Preservation Hall Jazz Band,” released in 1966.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The Humphrey Brothers were another of the famous New Orleans bands that toured under the Preservation Hall name.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: As years went on, many of the original Preservation Hall musicians passed.  Replacing them on the bandstand were musicians that had grown up learning and playing with them.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: As years went on, many of the original Preservation Hall musicians passed.  Replacing them on the bandstand were musicians that had grown up learning and playing with them.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 2012. (L to R) Ben Jaffe(bass), Freddie Lonzo(trombone), Clint Maedgen(sax), Charlie Gabriel(clarinet), Joe Lastie (drums), Mark Braud (trumpet), and Rickie Monie(piano). Photo by Shannon Brinkman
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to reach new audiences nightly at the Hall, on tour, and with new collaborations with artists, including The Del McCoury Band (pictured). Photo by Shannon Brinkman
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Fifty years later, Preservation Hall continues to pass their musical traditions to a younger generation through education.  Pictured here is the current lineup of the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band.
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