In the 1960’s, Preservation Hall was created and it is run by a non-profit. The goal of the organization is to educate on jazz. Preservation Hall is located in the French Quarter, near Andrew Square. Every evening, from 8pm-11pm they have multiple sets of jazz.
We arrived at 7:30pm for the 8pm start (the band plays 3 sets). There was a line of 40 already in front of us. In the performance hall there is a capacity limit for seating. There are some wood benches, a few side chairs and then cushions on the floor. Those who arrive later must stand.
The hall and volunteers appreciates exact change. Each ticket is $12 for all sets. The first set experience alone was worth price. For an additional cost, patrons can requests traditional songs for $2.00, others for $5 and The Saints for $10.
We watched The St. Peter Street Playboys perform, which included a father and son team. There was a trombone/vocalist, trumpet, bassoon, pianist and drummer.
The band ranged in age from early 30’s to late 60’s. You could feel their sheer talent and love for jazz. The leader and vocalist had a wonderful tone and had a grandfatherly presence. Each solo performed displayed a different style and highlighted each instrument’s voice.
All the songs were enjoyable and the leader explained musical concepts like syncopation and the history behind a song. The more exceptionally enjoyable were Louis Armstrong’s Miss New Orleans and When the Saints Go Marching In.