Preservation Hall was established by Allan and Sandra Jaffe in 1961 to preserve, perpetuate, and protect one of America’s truest art forms – traditional New Orleans jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band and a record label, Preservation Hall presents intimate, acoustic concerts nightly featuring some the area’s finest performers and showcasing a musical legacy dating back to the origins of jazz itself. Its’ nonprofit arm, The Preservation Hall Foundation is primarily dedicated to educational initiatives providing youth (ages of 10 and 17) with free, weekly private lessons taught by local jazz masters under the direction of Creative Director Ben Jaffe. The Junior Jazz Band is taught repertoire, parade marching and dress, instrument techniques, and music theory as it relates to traditional brass band music. In addition, the Junior Jazz Band performs at a variety of musical outlets throughout the city, including second-lines and festivals alongside their music mentors at Preservation Hall. In 2013, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band received a NAACP Image Award for the release of “The Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Collection”. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has also just released their first album "That's It," their first album of all original compositions in their 50 year history. They were recently featured on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and also appeared in the 2012 Grammy Awards.

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