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PRESERVATION HALL – New Orleans in Pictures and Words

In computer lingo WYSIWYG is What You See Is What You Get. In PRESERVATION HALL it's What You See is the Musicians - JAZZ men that SWING in the TRADITION and in the MOMENT. That's the theme, published by Louisiana State University Press, that's played out by 45 seminal and youthful New Orleans style musicians in time for a 50th Anniversary Celebration.

And, Expressive, richly colored, photographs by Shannon Brinkman of their own environment.

And, their words in explanation of themselves as they evolved from the tradition, captured by Eve Abrams.

Prominent is the place - PRESERVATION HALL - a room full of antiquity, heritage, of the players caught in stop-time.

The interviews reflect the experience of these musicians. The bios reveal the path each took to Preservation Hall. Enjoy the nicknames as well as the portraits of the jazz instruments. - Daniel Kassell All Rights Reserved, Member, Jazz Journalist Association

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Additional Info

  • Author: Photos by Shannon Brinkman, Interviews by Eve Abrams
  • Publisher: Lousiania State University Press
  • Year Published: March 2011
  • Book Type:: Other
  • ISBN: 978-0-8071-3726-0
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 144
Dan Kassell

Dan Kassell expands his curiosity by attending concerts, conventions, lectures and movies to take note of the History of Jazz from the indigenous Caribes in the Caribbean to Algiers New Orleans, Chicago and New York. As a member of the Jersey Jazz Society since 1972 he's witnessed musicians who learned from jazz's founders. Reviews also appear in, Amazon and and historically in AllAboutJazz-New York, Mississippi Rag or Jersey Jazz since 1972.

First inspired by Thomas "Fats" Waller playing "Your Feet's Too Big," Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, Louis Armstrong solos, Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra and Bob Wilber with Marty Gross and Kenny Davern's Soprano Summit he's also became fascinated by the spontaneous improvisation of Free Jazz while working on publicity for Chico Freeman.

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