Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Perform

The Twenty-Sixth Annual Benefit Dinner for The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education will be Thursday, November 16, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.  New Orleans' legendary PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND will entertain.  The event begins with a reception at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.


The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter.  The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture, perpetuate and expand the art form that is New Orleans Jazz.  An evolving working band for more than 50 years, they have recorded with musical legends Tom Waits, Pete Seeger and Doctor John, performed sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall with the likes of Allen Toussant and Steve Earle, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The band's latest album, So It Is, is a joyful 34-minute listen of buoyant, window-rattling funk that finds common ground with Afro-Cuban music, Nigerian funk, Ethiopian jazz, ‘60s jazz pioneers, and the band's modern Coachella festival counterparts – then filters them all through a Crescent City lens resulting in something that is simultaneously traditional, modern – and completely original.  Director Ben Jaffe is quick to point out that Preservation Hall – which his parents, Allan and Sandra Jaffe, founded in 1961 – was never meant to be a museum.  At its beginnings it broke racial boundaries to present the living legends of New Orleans music, living links to the origins of jazz.  Today, with a band whose ages range nearly 60 years, the mission remains the same: to pass on the traditions while continually revitalizing them with new blood and fresh ideas.

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