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New Orleans, Vol. IV

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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This LP, the fourth of four for Columbia, was the last one including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's founder, Allan Jaffe, who played tuba and passed away when he was 52. Most of the rest of the bandmembers (trumpeter Percy Humphrey, clarinetist Willie Humphrey, trombonist Frank Demond, pianist Sing Miller, banjoist Narvin Kimball, and drummer Frank Parker) were actually quite a bit older, particularly Percy and Willie Humphrey. The New Orleans revival music they perform includes "Oh! Didn't He Ramble," "Gettysburg March," "St. James Infirmary," and "Bourbon Street Parade," and it's enjoyable enough, even with some erratic playing, particularly from the horns.

Biography

Formed: 1961 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although New Orleans' traditional jazz scene had many top players in the 1950s, there was no one center for the city's veteran greats to play. In 1961, local art dealer Larry Borenstein opened a building in the French Quarter called Preservation Hall. The young tuba player Allan Jaffe ran the hall and organized tours for the musicians who often performed there, naming the band after the venue. In the Hall's early days, the key musicians included, at various times, trumpeters Kid Thomas Valentine,...
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