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"Preservation Hall's traditions - its very existence - are important keys to recovery in New Orleans"


Preservation Hall is located in the French Quarter, just three blocks from the Mississippi River. The Hall has served many functions over the years. Originally built as a private residence in 1750, the hall has evolved into a tavern, inn, photo studio and an art gallery. The inside of the hall contains portraits of the musicians who first filled it with the beautiful sounds of New Orleans Jazz. Preservation Hall opened its doors in 1961. The hall was created as a sanctuary, to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz, which had lost much of its popularity to modern jazz and rock n roll. Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the hall's founders, wanted a place where New Orleans musicians could play New Orleans Jazz, a style, they believed, should not disappear.

Today, over 45 years later, the hall continues it mission. On any given night, the Hall hosts people eager to hear Traditional New Orleans Jazz played by veteran musicians in their 70's and 80's and younger musicians learning and embracing music that is an integral part of daily life in the Crescent City.


Another aspect of Preservation Hall's ongoing mission to preserve and perpetuate New Orleans' rich musical heritage is EDUCATION. As with all great musical traditions, New Orleans Music is passed from generation to generation, often to children at a young age:

"From the day I was born, I have been in the company of musicians. My father Allan was a tuba player and my mother Sandra played piano. It was their appreciation for New Orleans Jazz that first brought them to New Orleans in 1960. They found a community that embraced family, a unique cultural history and diversity. In 1961, they converted a small art gallery in Preservation Hall, a space where local retired and aging musicians could play; it became a natural extension of New Orleans – it became its own neighborhood. Here, musicians, artists and patrons often brought their children and grandchildren to receive the same love and respect they would amongst their own family members. As a child, I felt like I had dozens of grandparents watching over me, answering my questions, reprimanding me when I was bad and teaching me an appreciation of music and life. We wish to SHARE that sense of community, life and music that is an inseparable part of New Orleans and integral part of Preservation Hall." - Ben Jaffe, Creative Director

Developed in 1997, the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program is an ongoing program for qualified music students under the age of 18. Student musicians are required to take private one-on-one lessons on their respective instruments with Members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. These musical Mentors teach the students the fundamentals of the New Orleans Jazz Tradition with an emphasis on group improvisation, rhythm and repertoire. This unique program affords serious music students the opportunity to witness and experience the mechanics of being a professional musician in an environment, which encourages and prioritizes the living Tradition.

Almost 5 years now since the 2005 storm and in the wake of a turbulent economic climate, Preservation Hall and The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program need your help. Your kind donations will help ensure the Preservation and Perpetuation of this American Musical Legacy.

For more info on Preservation Hall and The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program OR TO MAKE A DONATION, please visit the Jazz & Heritage Foundation online donation form here:

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