Our Outreach programming supports “three P’s” of our mission by extending vitalizing contact with the culture of New Orleans jazz to audiences outside of New Orleans. The primary ambassadors of outreach activity are the members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band: all members of the Preservation Hall musical collective participate in free performances at schools, libraries and other public spaces; they also give lectures and master classes in academic and professional settings.
From open soundchecks to masterclasses, our tour outreach program engages communities outside of New Orleans while the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the road. This free program is offered on 100% of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's tour schedule.
Interested in working with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on their upcoming tour dates? Email Ashley Shabankareh to request the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to work with students in your hometown.
The community performances provides a range of free concerts in the Greater New
Orleans area for communities limited in access to Preservation Hall by distance or
economics. These free concerts are performed by members of the Preservation Hall
Collective and are designed for the whole family to attend. In addition, the community
performance program also provides free workshops for the community.
Collaborations are one of the most fundamental activities the Foundation supports.
Musical traditions and culture-bearers must dialog with artists from other genres of the
present time in order to generate meaningful art for today. From DJ King Britt of the
legendary hip hop group Digable Planets remixing 1979 Preservation Hall recordings of
gospel singer Sister Gertrude Morgan in 2005, to rock band The Foo Fighters recording a song for their new album and filming the Sonic Highways series for HBO at the Hall in 2015, concert collaborations have been a tremendous tool to perpetuate and evolve traditional music.
In addition, our annual Midnight Preserves Jazzfest benefit series not only raises funds for the Foundation, but also incorporates musicians and artists into the New Orleans tradition. Collaboration funding allows these artists to visit New Orleans to perform and work with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, creating something new and relevant, and experiencing music through an entirely fresh musical perspective.
Preservation Hall has a long history of spreading New Orleans’ joyful spirit, musical
traditions and entrepreneurial know-how to other communities around the world. The next 50 years of Preservation Hall’s programming will enable partner communities to tap into our philanthropic network, resources and knowledge to support their own unique cultural economies. These outreach activities will expand to international partner sites that build upon the values and business practices of the Preservation Hall model.
In December 2015, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band accompanied a group of 120 donors
to Havana, Cuba. During the two week trip, the band collaborated with local musicians,
performed at the Havana Jazz Festival and built bridges hand in hand with donors toward a sustained long-term partnership with local music organizations in Cuba. Building upon this success, we partnered with the non-profit Horns to Havana to bring 17 Cuban gifted youth musicians to New Orleans for a residency at Preservation Hall in January 2017.