Preservation Hall Jazz Band Going Very Strong After 51+ Years
Wow, Preservation Hall Jazz Band gave us an incredible show at The Sinclair on Tuesday night! This show, presented by Grain Audio, was the fourth time I’ve seen the band in the past two years and it was quite possibly the best I’ve seen them.
Yes, I saw the band’s 50th anniversary show in January 2012 at Carnegie Hall in New York from sixth row center and it was amazing, but there was something about the energy in Tuesday night’s audience that made the band soar even higher than they normally do.
Preservation Hall released their first album of original music this year and it’s a triumph! They opened the set with “Sugar Plum” from the new album, “That’s It!” What a terrific number that truly showcases their talent. From there, the set included both old favorites and other new material.
One of my favorites is “St. James’ Infirmary Blues” and this night’s version blew my mind! They performed two different versions of it, the first sung by Mark Braud, the trumpet player, and the second sung by Clint Maedgen, the saxophonist. I’ve seen a lot of musicians perform this song, but this was the best.
All the members of the band engaged us with their vocals as well as their instrumental solos – Charlie Gabriel on clarinet and saxophone, Ben Jaffe on tuba and cowbell (more cowbell please), Rickie Monie on piano, Joseph Lastie Jr. on drums, Freddie Lonzo on trombone, and Ronell Johnson on tuba.
Even though it’s one of their new songs, they had the audience singing along with “Rattlin’ Bones.” “Tootie Ma” was another highlight for me.
I would pay – and have paid – a lot more than $10 to see Preservation Hall. This was the bargain of the year (not including free shows)! Do yourselves a favor and see them on this tour if you can. Or see them in New Orleans at Preservation Hall, where I first saw them in 1993 (not with the same members, though). Wherever you see them, you won’t be disappointed.
Posted on November 21, 2013, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel, Clint Maedgen, Freddie Lonzo, Grain Audio, Joseph Lastie, Mark Braud, New Orleans, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rickie Monie, Ronell Johnson, St. James' Infirmary, The Sinclair. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.