Preservation Hall

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198A01Somebody Else Is Taking My Place1998022819980307

In the 1950s, traditional jazz was under threat of extinction.

With the establishment of Preservation Hall in 1961, the music was saved and many musicians were thrown a lifeline which enabled them to play again.

Against all expectations the hall has not only kept going but become very profitable.

In a six-part series, Michael Pointon considers the achievements of Preservation Hall.

1: `Somebody Else Is Taking My Place'.

Michael Pointon takes a walk around Preservation Hall and puts its achievements into the context of the diverse music scene that thrives in New Orleans.

198A02Weary Blues1998030719980314

In the 1950s, traditional jazz was under threat of extinction.

With the establishment of Preservation Hall in 1961, the music was saved and many musicians were thrown a lifeline which enabled them to play again.

Against all expectations the hall has not only kept going but become very profitable.

In a six-part series, Michael Pointon considers the achievements of Preservation Hall.

2: `Weary Blues'.

Michael Pointon explains how Preservation Hall evolved, by tracing the revival of interest in New Orleans Jazz after the Second World War, through to the opening night at the hall in June 1961.

Michael Pointon explains how Preservation Hall evolved, tracing the revival of interest in New Orleans jazz after the Second World War up to the opening night at the hall in June 1961.

198A03St Peter Street Stomp1998031419980321

In the 1950s, traditional jazz was under threat of extinction.

With the establishment of Preservation Hall in 1961, the music was saved and many musicians were thrown a lifeline which enabled them to play again.

Michael Pointon continues his six-part history of the hall and its achievements.

3: `St Peter Street Stomp'.

When Alan and Sandra Jaffe were appointed to run the hall, matters were put on a more businesslike footing.

198A04The Second Line1998032119980328

With the success of the hall, musicians from Europe gravitated towards New Orleans to learn about the old music at its source.

In Preservation Hall itself, the delicate strains of the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra contrasted with the robust jazz usually on offer.

/ The fourth of six programmes in which Michael Pointon considers the achievements of Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

4: `The Second Line'.

198A05Just A Little While To Stay Here1998032819980404

A six-part series in which Michael Pointon considers the achievements of Preservation Hall in New Orleans, established in 1961 as a lifeline for traditional jazz and jazz musicians.

5: `Just a Little While to Stay Here'.

Brass band music helped create jazz, and the hall welcomed it into its weekly programme.

It coexisted with the more commercial Bourbon Street traditional jazz and with the mainstream modern jazz which flourishes in the city.

198A06Sing On1998040419980410

Concluding the series in which Michael Pointon considers the achievements of Preservation Hall in New Orleans, established in 1961 as a lifeline for traditional jazz and jazz musicians.

6: `Sing On'.

As the second generation of New Orleans musicians dies out, the hall has to adjust.

Meanwhile, mass tourism is a threat, and R 'n' B and modern jazz flourish.

But Preservation Hall goes on, passing the torch to younger musicians who uphold the tradition in their own way.