Preservation Hall Jazz Band

January 20, 2008

Great Concert last night.  We weren’t in the front row, after all.  But fifth row center was pretty good.  And the jambalaya Nancy made for dinner was phenomenal.

The Preservation Hall band is a traveling version of the band that plays on Bourbon Street in the Big Easy.  There were seven men in the band last night — pianist, drummer, bassist, trombonist, trumpeter, alto saxophonist, and tenor saxophonist.  I’d bet money that every one of them was old enough to collect social security.  But man, could they play.  Five of the seven took turns singing.  All of them took solos.  And at the end of the show they came down off the stage, walked around the auditorium, and led a long line of people from the audience back onto the stage, where they danced to the last song — “When the Saints Go Marching In,” of course.  

It was a great audience, too.  Lots of college students, naturally, but there were kids there as young as 4 or 5, and adults who were a good deal older than the band members.  My kids loved the show, as did Nancy, who isn’t much of a jazz fan.  These guys were not only great musicians, but they were also wonderful entertainers.  Terrific show; terrific evening.

Today’s “music”:  “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” on NPR


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