Preservation Hall was opened in the early 1960s in New Orleans’ French Quarter to provide traditional New Orleans jazz musicians with a venue to perform. This also marked the formation of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and although the group has undergone many changes in lineup since its formation over 50 years ago, the quality of their performance just keeps getting better. I was lucky enough to see the group at Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest in June, where their lively and crowd-pleasing jazz made them undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festival. You can see them too, because they’re playing the Lincoln Theatre this Friday in celebration of the opening of the National Museum of African American History. Grab your tickets here before they’re sold out!
Photo credit: Preservation Hall Jazz Band