New Orleans, Vol. 1

New Orleans, Vol. 1

by Preservation Hall Jazz BandPreservation Hall Jazz Band


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In 1961, art dealer Larry Borenstein opened up Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Run by the young tuba player Allan Jaffe, the hall soon became the unofficial home of the city's top veteran musicians. Over time, the the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was formed and went out on constant tours, spreading the joy of New Orleans jazz around the world. Many major players spent time in the group. One of the most famous versions was in the late '70s -- the band heard on this 1977 recording. None of the musicians (trumpeter Percy Humphrey, his brother Willie on clarinet, trombonist Frank Demond (who had replaced the late Jim Robinson), pianist Sing Miller, banjoist/singer Narvin Kimball, drummer Cie Frazier, and Jaffe on tuba) were among the immortals of New Orleans jazz but they fit their roles well. The repertoire on this disc includes Dixieland favorites ("Tiger Rag," "Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home)," and "Panama"); a few spirituals ("Amen," "Over in Gloryland," and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"); the sentimental "Memories"; and a couple of blues numbers ("Good Blues" and "Joe Avery"). There are no virtuosos in the band, but its ensembles are full of spirit and the music is difficult to listen to without smiling.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643454926
catalogNumber: 34549

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Preservation Hall Jazz Band   Primary Artist
Percy Humphrey   Trumpet
Frank Demond   Trombone
Willie Humphrey   Clarinet
Narvin Kimball   Banjo
James "Sing" Miller   Piano
Allan P. Jaffe   Tuba
Allan Jaffe   Baritone Saxophone
Josiah "Cie" Frazier   Drums

Technical Credits

Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Skip Godwin   Engineer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Don Young   Contributor
Irving Steimler   Producer
John Berg   Cover Design
William Russell   Liner Notes
Harry Da Costa   Composer

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