The Essential Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886970741729
  • Catalog Number: 707417
  • Sales rank: 30,310

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
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
Joseph Lastie Jr. Drums, 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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