The Essential Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Essential Preservation Hall Jazz Band

by Preservation Hall Jazz BandPreservation Hall Jazz Band


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Formed in New Orleans in 1961 by tuba player (and later, band producer) Allan Jaffe, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a loose confederation of musicians whose musical roots stretch all the way back to French society dances of the 18th century, but perhaps more importantly, encompass the street corner neighborhood ensemble playing that has made New Orleans sound like no other city on earth. Membership in the band is always in constant flux (Preservation has had six different pianists in its history, and three different banjo players, for instance, but only two drummers, Josiah Cie Frazier and Joseph Lastie, Jr.), which may account for the somewhat erratic nature of the group's studio work over the years -- sides can range from impassioned and spirited to surprisingly sedate and by the numbers, but then this is a band that is best comprehended in live performance and always has been. This two-disc set draws from Preservation's lengthy stay with Columbia Records from 1976 to 1992 and since it weeds out the uninspired, it makes for a fine portrait of this venerable band.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886970741729
catalogNumber: 707417
Rank: 498

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Preservation Hall Jazz Band   Primary Artist
Percy Humphrey   Trumpet,Vocals,Group Member
Ellis Marsalis   Piano,Group Member
Sing Miller   Vocals
Frank Demond   Trombone,Group Member
Lars Edegran   Banjo,Group Member
Willie Humphrey   Clarinet,Group Member
Narvin Kimball   Banjo,Vocals,Group Member
Joe Lastie   Drums,Group Member
James "Sing" Miller   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Rickie Monie   Piano,Group Member
James Prevost   Bass,Group Member
Wendell Brunious   Trumpet,Vocals,Group Member
Jeanette Kimball   Piano,Group Member
Benjamin Jaffe   Double Bass,Group Member
Allan Jaffe   Tuba,Group Member
Josiah "Cie" Frazier   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Preservation Hall Jazz Band   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Sidney Bechet   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Richard Howard   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Civilla D. Martin   Composer
Harold Weeks   Composer
Percy Wenrich   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bob Ellsworth   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Stanley Murphy   Composer

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