"HEAR THE PRESERVATION HALL..." Louisiana Favorite Tip by JessicaS

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Fondest memory: Preservation Hall is the single most wonderful thing I found during my brief stay, and because of that I listened to one set every night I was there - four nights in a row - and wasn't the least bit disappointed. The Hall itself is in the French Quarter of New Orleans, but it's off of Bourbon Street in a nondescript old building with a very missable sign. (It's at 726 St. Peter Street.) Unfortunately, there's a jazz joint right on Bourbon (near St. Peter Street) with a sign hanging in front that says, 'Dedicated to the Preservation of Jazz.' The word 'Preservation' is in giant letters, so I'm sure there are plenty of people who end up there when they're really looking for the tiny place around the corner. You'll know you've found the real thing by the dingy walls, lack of any kind of bar for drinks or food, generally long line in front, largely standing-room-only 'seating' and a 'sign' out front made out of an old trombone case that looks like it's been covered in duct tape (there's little gold letters on it that says 'Preservation Hall'). The band changes its lineup depending on the night, but plays pretty much the same repertoire. And you'll be captivated - even if you think you're not a jazz fan, this will convert you! It's true Dixieland jazz, and you can't stop from smiling when you're listening. I hope the 93-year-old banjo player Narvin Kimball is there when you go - he's a real treat. You can also check out their touring schedule (in case you can't make it to NoLa) on the Internet at: http://www.preservationhall.com/

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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