Preservation Hall Jazz Band
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 band has traveled worldwide spreading their 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 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 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 twentieth century including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. Band leaders over the band's history include the brothers Willie and Percy Humphrey, husband and wife Billie and De De Pierce, famed pianist Sweet Emma Barrett, and in the modern day Wendall and John Brunious. These founding artists and dozens of others passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation who now follow in their footsteps like the current lineup.
THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND IS:
Ben Jaffe/Creative Director & Tuba: As son of co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe,
Ben has lived his whole life with the rhythm of the French Quarter pulsing through hisveins. Raised in the company of New Orleans’ greatest musicians, Ben returned from
his collegiate education at Oberlin College in Ohio to play with the group and
assume his father’s duties as Director of Preservation Hall. Today he serves as
Creative Director for both PHJB and the Hall itself, where he has spearheaded such
programs as the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund.
Mark Braud/Trumpet and Vocals: As nephew to two former PHJB leaders, Wendell
and John Brunious, Jr., Mark is proud to further his family’s musical legacy in the
company of so many historic players. Beginning his career playing with the Olympia
Kids, a young players’ offshoot of the famous Olympia Brass Band, Mark has gone
on to record, tour, and play with New Orleans legends of both traditional jazz and
R&B, including Eddie Bo, Henry Butler, Harry Connick Jr., and Dr. Michael White.
Charlie Gabriel/Clarinet and Vocals: The musical heritage of Charlie
Gabriel can be traced back as far back as the 1850s. Great-grandson of New
Orleans bass player Narcesse Gabriel, grandson of New Orleans cornet player
Martin Joseph, and son of New Orleans drummer and clarinetist Martin Manuel
Gabriel, Charlie is truly a living legend. At seventy-six years old, the extensive list of
musicians with whom he’s played includes well-known PHJB alumni Kid Howard, Kid
Sheik, Jim Robinson, and George Lewis.
Clint Maedgen/Saxophone and Vocals: Though Clint is best known as leader of multimedia alt.cabaret group The New Orleans Bingo! Show, he has been in love with the
sound of traditional New Orleans jazz since he was a small child. After studying with
clarinet innovator Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Clint returned to
New Orleans’ French Quarter where he cemented his reputation as an artist and
collaborator through an ongoing series of eclectic and experimental musical
ensembles. As a full-time member of the PHJB, he brings an infectious passion to both
his playing and singing.
Joe Lastie, Jr./Drums: Born and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward, Joe comes from a
long line of family members equally dedicated to music and the church. Having
played his first job with a rhythm section backing the Desire Community Choir, he
would go on to study jazz with Willie Metcalf at the Dryades Street YMCA with
classmates Wynton and Branford Marsalis. After a brief move with his family to
Queens, New York, Joe returned to New Orleans where he was invited to substitute
on drums at Preservation Hall in 1989. He’s been a regular with the band ever since.
Freddie Lonzo/Trombone and Vocals: Born and raised in New Orleans’ Uptown
neighborhoods, Freddie was exposed to the music of the streets at a very young age.
Having cemented his desire to play New Orleans jazz, these early Second Line parades
would later offer him his first professional gig with EG Gabon and Doc Paulin’s Band.
A true master of every style of New Orleans music, from marching brass to modern
jazz, Freddie’s first appearances with Preservation Hall date back to the mid-eighties
when he toured and played with Percy Humphrey and Kid Sheik.
Rickie Monie/Piano: Born and raised in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward to jazz loving
church musicians, Rickie was inundated at an early age with the recordings of such
great jazz and gospel pianists as Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Teddy Wilson.
After majoring in woodwind instruments at Dillard University, Rickie turned back to
the piano and picked up work in every style of music. In 1982, Monie got his first
call from Preservation Hall, to substitute for the legendary resident pianist Sweet
Emma Barret after she suffered a stroke. To the delight of audiences around the
world, he’s stayed onboard ever since.
Erik Deutsch band
Pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, producer—these are some of the faces Erik Deutsch has shown the world. An intensely creative and talented player, he has the ability to lend his sound to an impressive array of musical endeavors.
After a decade in Colorado, Erik is now a resident of Brooklyn, New York. Erik is currently busy performing and recording with Citizen Cope, Shooter Jennings, Alice Smith, Theo Bleckman, Jim Campilongo, Ben Allison, Jessica Lurie Ensemble, and his own music. He has also recently performed with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Nels Cline, Steven Bernstein, Joey Arias, Joe Russo, Trevor Dunn, Erin McKeown, and Scott Amendola.
Erik was the first keyboardist to work in Charlie Hunter's band. During his three-year tour of duty, the trio traveled to the far corners of the globe. Performances in Russia, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, and Mexico were highlights. The trio released Mistico in 2007 and Baboon Strength in September of 08.
Erik has a brand new record entitled Demonio Teclado. Released in early '12, the ensemble features, Tony Mason, Benjamin Rubin, Jeff Hill, Brandon Seabrook, Glenn Taylor, and Jon Gray. Get ready for a journery deep into the realms of psychadelic soul jazz.
Erik released Hush Money in November 2009. The album features Mike McGinnis (reeds), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Jonti Siman (bass), Marc Dalio (drums), and special guests Eric Biondo (trumpet) and Barry Saunders (bari sax). The musics is a foray into the cinematic realm of Deutsch's compositional mind: synthesizers, dreamy reeds, and warm analog tape ooze into the psychedelic soundscape of his chamber-rock songs. Hush Money can definitely be seen as an amalgamation of Deutsch's life-long musical influences.
Erik's previous recording, Fingerprint, was tracked in Colorado in August of '06. Featuring Ron Miles, Jenny Scheinman, Allison Miller, Todd Sickafoose, Ross Martin, and Janet Feder, the session showcases nine of Deutsch’s new compositions. Fingerprint was released in 2007 on Sterling Circle Records.
Erik’s group County Road X, formed in 2001, performs cinematic-Americana music (imagine a Stanley Kubrick/Sergio Leone double-feature with an electric Miles Davis soundtrack).
Triangle, a piano trio featuring Art Lande on drums, is another of Deutsch’s long-term projects. The group focuses on an expansive repertoire while exploring modern rhythm and harmony.
DJ Cochon de Lait (DJing between sets)
Having shared the stage with New Orleans legends and luminaries, such as Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, George Porter, Jr., Anders Osborne, Bonerama, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, and many more, DJ Cochon de Lait is well known for playing greasy Nola brass, funk, and soul guaranteed to put a dip in ya hip and a glide in ya stride.