Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the 2023 event, scheduled for April 28 – May 7.   Jazz Fest is an annual celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists to create one of the world’s most diverse musical festival lineups.  Almost half a million fans gather annually for the seven-day event that features virtually every style of

“New Orleans is super special for Leah and I,” says Chloe Smith, who along with her sister Leah Song, fronts the wildly popular world-folk group Rising Appalachia. “We lived here for about seven years. It’s our soul home. We learned so much music here and we wrote so much music here.” Her words can be heard introducing the group’s crowd-favorite tune, “Indigo Dance,” on their brand new release, Live From New Orleans at Preservation Hall—available for download or streaming now.

While gigs were cancelled and the gates to Preservation Hall remained closed due to the pandemic, Charlie Gabriel was hard at work: practicing, recording, and healing through music.

Last night, Tarriona “Tank” Ball—of Best New Artist Grammy nominees Tank and The Bangas—sang the National Anthem with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ahead of the men’s NCAA Tournament final between Kansas and North Carolina. Watch/share the performance HERE.

Charlie Gabriel's first professional gig dates to 1943, sitting in for his father in New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band. As a teenager living in Detroit, Charlie played with Lionel Hampton, whose band just then also included a young Charles Mingus, later spending nine years with a group led by Cab Calloway drummer, J.C. Heard.

While he’s also fronted a bebop quintet, played and/or toured with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin and many more, this is the first time since 1990 his name will appear on the front of a record, as a bandleader.

All the exuberance of Haitian Carnival and New Orleans Mardi Gras is coming to The Fillmore Philadelphia on Sunday, January 9, 2022, when Philadelphia public radio station WXPN presents the Kanaval Ball. The public is invited to attend this free, all-ages indoor festival and can register for it starting at 10 AM ET this Thursday, December 9.

We are pleased to announce that Preservation Hall will re-open this Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Ida. To join us for this special evening of New Orleans music, you can make a reservation at

As communities begin to rebuild and heal, we are reminded that this music is truly a vehicle for joy, no matter the circumstances.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Preservation Hall's 60th Anniversary at an extraordinary benefit concert in New Orleans this fall, featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, renowned members of the Preservation Hall collective, and spectacular special guests. Ticket prices and VIP package information coming soon!

All net proceeds will benefit the Preservation Hall Foundation.

This will be an evening for the ages – don't miss it! 

As we await the joyous return of live music at Preservation Hall, please join us for 'Round Midnight Preserves – a two-night virtual concert and fundraiser streaming live from 726 St. Peter street, with special guests Durand Jones and Ivan Neville.

Donations made during both nightly streams will support the Preservation Hall Foundation and our efforts to protect, preserve and perpetuate New Orleans music and culture.

The full one-hour Preservation Hall Foundation Legacy Awards stream is still available on the Preservation Hall Jazz Band YouTube channel! You can subscribe and watch for free through the buttons below.

From musical conversations with esteemed honorees to intimate performances with Charlie Gabriel, Ben Jaffe and Rickie Monie, this year's virtual ceremony honoring the six 2020 Preservation Hall Foundation Legacy Program inductees was truly one for the books.

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