Sunday, Sept 15th - 12:20 pm (Main Stage) and Sat., Sept. 14th - 10 pm (Telluride Conference Center w/ Jim James and Karl Denson)
As their name implies, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are ambassadors of traditional New Orleans jazz. Formed in 1961 under the roof of Preservation Hall at 726 St. Peter Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, the band authentically represents part of the city's musical history to this day. When Preservation Hall originally opened its doors, it housed musicians pushed out of the industry by commercialism and welcomed those of any skin color. The open arms of Preservation Hall embraced the traditional New Orleans Jazz, and still does to this day.
Over the decades Preservation Hall and its band has seen musicians come and go, and weathered many storms, but the signature sounds of New Orleans are still steeped in its walls. Not long after Preservation Hall reopened after Hurricane Katrina's devastation, the band was awarded the 2006 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. The award was accompanied by the following statement, “With enormous talent and pride, this ageless ensemble has toured the world displaying the unbreakable spirit of New Orleans and sharing the joy of New Orleans jazz with us all.” This year that joy will bound from the Blues & Brews stage and heat up the audience like a firo on the bayou.
See Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Sunday, Sept. 15th at 12:20 p.m. on the festival Main Stage and for Saturday night's Juke Joint, Sept. 13th at 10:00 p.m. at the Telluride Conference Center with special guests Jim James and Karl Denson.