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Animated Music Video for Preservation Hall Hot 4's "St. James Infirmary(King Britt Remix)"

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Preservation Hall Recordings is proud to present a brand-new, locally produced animated music video! Directed by Lafayette-based visual artist James Tancill, the music video for the Preservation Hall / King Britt remix of “St. James Infirmary” by the Preservation Hall Hot 4 is an animated romp in the style of Max Fleischer (Betty Boop, etc.) that plays out like a storybook caper set against a backdrop of beloved New Orleans characters and institutions both old and new. Audiences familiar with the iconography of New Orleans music and culture will thrill as characters and beloved landmarks from the past and present find new life in an animated tableau.

Set to music by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (as led by dearly departed bandleader John Brunious, Jr. and remixed by noted Philadelphia DJ and producer King Britt (Digable Planets, E-Culture) and Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe) the video for “St. James Infirmary” follows the antics of Ronnie Numbers and Mr. The Turk of The New Orleans Bingo! Show through a dark and mischievous imagining of the song’s classic narrative as sung by Clint Maedgen (PHJB, The New Orleans Bingo! Show). Starring animated versions of Clint Maedgen, Ben Jaffe, and King Britt; and featuring appearances by such departed icons as John Brunious Jr., Sweet Emma Barrett, and Marie Laveau in such familiar settings as Preservation Hall, Jackson Square, and the long-defunct Pontchartrain Beach amusement park, “St. James Infirmary” is the third music video from Preservation Hall Recordings to feature the cross-over appeal of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The New Orleans Bingo! Show.


Following in the tradition of our 1996 recording, The Preservation Hall Hot 4 with Harold “Duke” Dejan, St. Peter Street Serenade is a collection of five small-arrangement performances of traditional jazz selections featuring vocalist Clint Maedgen and a variety of special guests. Embracing the new era of the independent online release, Preservation Hall Recordings has decided to make this very special package available for digital download only. Available exclusively from iTunes, these five tracks are available individually or as part of a package that includes the brand-new animated music video for “St. James Infirmary,” as well as the very popular videos for “Complicated Life” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”



About Director James Tancill:
A former native of New Orleans displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Visual Artist James Tancill now lives in Lafayette, Louisiana with his wife Jo Ellen. Currently an Instructor at the University of Louisiana, James has a BA and MFA from the University of New Orleans. Having spent most of his time in New Orleans projecting films for local theatres and teaching drawing and cartooning at the New Orleans Charter Middle School, it was only natural that he would eventually form his own animation company. Motivated by his passion for film, music, and classic cartoons, as well as by his deep love of all things New Orleans, James is very proud of the collaborative effort by which he and Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall have captured the city of New Orleans in what may be the citys first locally-produced animation about the city itself.

About King Britt (in his own words)
Well, bios are funny because they tell the story of the past of who you are in the present. I try to only live in the present and the future (as I said, try). Even though beginning my career in 1990 on the now legendary house label Strictly Rhythm as E- Culture, being Silkworm in the ground- breaking, Grammy winning Digable Planets, starting Ovum Recordings with Josh Wink, producing platinum remixes for Macy Gray, Solange, Donna Lewis and hundreds of others, winning the highest grant in the country as the first dj/producer, The Pew Fellowship or starting my empire, FiveSixMedia, I still try to live in the NOW and not the then.

So of course, now, I am a father, fiance', musicologist of sorts and media revolutionary. My label and company FiveSixMedia, set the example of an individual who is able to live outside the box and show what freedom truly is. Doing my own thing on my own time and assisting other to move into that space as well.

The future is bright because I say it is. Stop and smell the flowers.


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