Published Friday, October 12, 2012

Legendary New Orleans jazz band in Newnan Sunday

From Staff Reports

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe.

The legendary jazz band comes to Newnan Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this band’s music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label.

“Many of the band leaders played with pioneers of jazz like Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong,” said Centre Director Don Nixon. “The founding artists strive to teach the younger generation about the music.”

The building that houses Preservation Hall has housed many businesses over the years, including a tavern during the war of 1812, a photo studio and an art gallery. It was during the years of the art gallery that then owner Larry Borenstein began holding informal jam sessions for his close friends. Out of these sessions grew the concept of Preservation Hall. The intimate venue, whose weathered exterior has been untouched over its history, is a living embodiment of its original vision.

To this day, Preservation Hall has no drinks, air conditioning, or other typical accoutrements strictly welcoming people of all ages interested in having one of the last pure music experiences left on the Earth.

The band began touring in 1963 and for many years there were several bands successfully touring under the name Preservation Hall. Tickets for the Newnan performance are $12 each, and available by visiting www.thecentreonline.net .

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