New Orleans band bringing jazz to Ozarks

Release Date: 11/11/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- A musical sample of Mardi Gras and the French Quarter will be on display at the University of the Ozarks on Friday, Nov. 18, as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans performs in the university's Walton Fine Arts Center.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans performs in the university's Walton Fine Arts Center on November 18.

The concert, which is a part of the university's 2011-2012 Walton Arts & Ideas Series, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the box office on the night of the show, by calling 479-979-1349, or by going online to the Ozarks website.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. The hall was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this 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.

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 PHJB began touring in 1963 and for many years there were several bands successfully touring under the name Preservation Hall. Many of the band's charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early 20th Century, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson.