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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016, 8PM Segerstrom Center for the Arts RenĂŠe and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND: CREOLE CHRISTMAS Ben Jaffe/ Creative Director and Tuba Stephen Lands/ Trumpet and Vocals Charlie Gabriel/ Clarinet and Vocals Clint Maedgen/ Saxophone and Vocals Walter Harris/ Drums Kyle Roussel / Piano Ronell Johnson/Tuba, Trombone and Vocals


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the preservation hall jazz band The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label.

the preservation hall jazz band is Ben Jaffe Creative Director and Tuba

As the son of co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, Ben has lived his whole life with the rhythm of the French Quarter pulsing through his veins. Raised in the company of New Orleans’ greatest musicians, Ben returned from his collegiate education at Oberlin College in Ohio to play with the group and assume his father’s duties as director of Preservation Hall. Today he serves as Creative Director for both PHJB and the Hall itself, where he has spearheaded such programs as the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund.

stephen lands trumpet and vocals

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lands’ initial introduction to music, as is the case with a lot of Louisiana musicians, was in the church. As he grew older, physically as well as musically, he found himself involved in a wide array of musical styles, including Reggae, brass band, Jazz, Funk, Rock, and R&B, sharing stages the world over with artists like Mary Mary, Kim Burrell, Mint Condition, The Marsalis family, Erykah Badu, and Davell Crawford. A dazzling improviser and soloist, the trumpeter’s knowledge and feel ofmusic shine brightly with every note played, and audiences the world over attest to his ability.


The PHJB began touring in 1963 and for many years there were several bands successfully touring under the name Preservation Hall. Many of the band's charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early twentieth century including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. Band leaders over the band's history include the brothers Willie and Percy Humphrey, husband and wife Billie and De De Pierce, famed pianist Sweet Emma Barrett, and, in the modern day, Wendell and John Brunious. These founding artists and dozens of others passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation who now follow in their footsteps.

Charlie Gabriel Clarinet and vocals

The musical heritage of Charlie Gabriel can be traced as far back as the 1850s. Great-grandson of New Orleans bass player Narcesse Gabriel, grandson of New Orleans cornet player Martin Joseph, and son of New Orleans drummer and clarinetist Martin Manuel Gabriel, Charlie is truly a living legend. At eighty-one years old, the extensive list of musicians with whom he has played includes well-known PHJB alumni Kid Howard, Kid Sheik, Jim Robinson, and George Lewis.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS Clint Maedgen saxophone and vocals

Though Clint is best known as leader of multimedia alt.cabaret group The New Orleans Bingo! Show, he has been in love with the sound of traditional New Orleans jazz since he was a small child. After studying with clarinet innovator Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Clint returned to New Orleans’ French Quarter, where he cemented his reputation as an artist and collaborator through an ongoing series of eclectic and experimental musical ensembles. As a full-time 32

member of the PHJB, he brings an infectious passion to both his playing and singing. Walter harris drums

Walter’s musical backgrounds began at home, where his father was a guitarist and mother a vocalist. He grew up in a well-rounded spectrum of musicians, which led to the inspiration of his career as a drummer. He was exposed to a wide variety of talent within his family circuit on both sides of his family, being

He got his start at early age, playing drums in church with his grandfather George A. Brooks Sr., leader of the Masonic Kings Gospel Quartet. This experience led to his love for the drums and exposure to play drums in front of a live audience. From that point forward, Walter has broadened his horizons into all different genres of music; Jazz, Gospel, Country, R&B, Blues and Hip Hop.


the nephew of the Brooks’ family and the Harris family gave Walter the opportunity to be exposed to all genres and aspects of music.

ronell johnson tuba, trombone and vocals

Born and raised in New Orleans, Ronell started on the trumpet and piano at the age of 6. He is from a musical family and was taught to play, in the beginning, by his three older brothers who are also professional musicians. He and his brothers are the greatnephews of Joseph "Kid Twat" Butler, who was the string bass player with the legendary Kid Thomas Valentine and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Ronell is recognized around the world and in a host of magazines and journals as one of New Orleans' prized musicians, who adds a lot of energy, animation, humor, and fire to the bandstand.


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