The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band will return to Orchestra Hall for a one-night-only holiday performance presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)

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Detroit, (July 27, 2016) – The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band will return to Orchestra Hall for a one-night-only holiday performance presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Celebrate the holidays—New Orleans style—when Preservation Hall Jazz Band brings its swinging and sizzling show “A Creole Christmas” to Detroit! The band struts its stuff performing timeless holiday favorites with a New Orleans twist.

Tickets are on sale now! The concert takes place Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Please note: the DSO does not appear on this performance.


About 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 their 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 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 brothers 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 like the current lineup.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is:

  Ben Jaffe: Creative Director & Tuba

  Stephen Lands: Trumpet and Vocals

  Charlie Gabriel: Clarinet and Vocals

  Clint Maedgen: Saxophone and Vocals

  Walter Harris: Drums

  Rickie Monie: Piano

  Ronell Johnson: Tuba, Trombone, and Vocals

Ticket Information

Tickets to “A Creole Christmas” with Preservation Hall Jazz Band start at $19 and may be purchased at, in person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit


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