Preservation Hall Jazz Band (jazz)
- revised by Mike Hazeldine
- Barry Kernfeld
New Orleans jazz band. In the 1950s the art dealer Larry Borenstein engaged veteran jazz musicians to play at his art gallery on St. Peter Street, New Orleans, and from 1961 the performances took place in part of an adjacent building, which Borenstein opened as Preservation Hall. Allan Jaffe (i) and his wife, Sandra, took over the administration of the hall and began to organize tours for the musicians who regularly played there, calling the group the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In early 1963 Kid Thomas Valentine and George Lewis (i) led the band on a tour of the USA; then, under Lewis’s leadership, Punch Miller (trumpet), Louis Nelson (trombone), Joseph Robichaux (piano), Emanuel Sayles (banjo), John Joseph (double bass), and Joe Watkins (drums) visited Japan, where the band returned in 1964 and 1965. For a tour of Europe in 1967 the members of the band were De De Pierce (trumpet), Nelson, Willie Humphrey (clarinet), Billie Pierce (piano), Chester Zardis (double bass), and Cié Frazier (drums); a similar group performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in ...