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“Listen to the soul of New Orleans!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall
726 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)
+1 504-522-2841
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New Orleans Music Tour
Ranked #10 of 315 things to do in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: New Orleans' Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America's truest art forms - Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners. On any given night, audiences bear joyful witness to the evolution of this venerable and living tradition.
Yonkers, New York
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“Listen to the soul of New Orleans!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

For 45 minutes you are taken back to the age of of the New Orleans jazz music of a bygone era, when the halls rocked with the sounds of horns and the songs of inspiration and celebration. This is a performance that should not be missed on your next trip to the Big Easy! For $15 cash at the door it is well worth your hard-earned money!

Visited January 2013
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Lake Forest, California
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“Jazz legends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I had no idea that Preservation was such a small venue. We got the V.I.P pass and got to sit on the stage with the band while they played!

Visited January 2013
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Vienna, Austria
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“They should alert we are paying for a jam session”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I wouldn't mind paying for a jam session if I was warned before the fact. The place is crowded, we had to stand and it was clear the musicians did not even rehearse once. They have top notch musicians tough.

Visited January 2013
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“Classic New Orleans Jazz”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

My adult daughter and I went to a show here and really enjoyed it. If you want the feel of old New Orleans jazz this is the place to go. The music was great. The only complaint would be that it was a little hot and stuffy.

Visited March 2012
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Arborg, Canada
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“Nondescript building hosting fantastic jazz”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Everyone who I talked to highly recommended Preservation Hall for real New Orleans jazz so went on the 7th of January. Had been forewarned about the lack of seating and small area so got in line about 6:30 and was already fifth. By time the doors opened at 8 the line meandered around the block. I was surprised at how many people would line up on a damp night for the show. The building is nondescript and if I hadn't been told about the music I would have passed by thinking this was one of the many old undistinguished buildings around. I think the real value of waiting in line so long are the conversations one has with other concert goers so by the time one gets in one has had an experience sharing stories and is seated beside friends and not strangers. I got a bench seat but would next time grab a cushion on the floor or stand. The music was real jazz and Maynard Chatters gave some interesting tidbits about jazz and especially New Orleans jazz. The time flew by too quickly and the show was over. I wish I had made time for another night or two while visiting as this was one of musical highlights of my holidays in New Orleans.

Visited January 2013
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