Published 01/11/13

Tickets are sold out for Preservation Hall Jazz Band performance

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- The internationally acclaimed Preservation Hall Jazz Band – described as “miraculous” by NPR and “the past and promise of American music...” by Rolling Stone Magazine – will perform at Bryant University at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, as part of the President’s Cultural Series and in conjunction with Black History Month.

(UPDATED Feb. 4: Tickets have sold out.)

Founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The group has traveled worldwide in 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, their music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the direction of the founders’ son Ben Jaffe, Preservation Hall continues today with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes as a venue, band, and record label.

Musicians include: Mark Braud, trumpet; Charlie Gabriel, clarinet/vocals; Ronell Johnson, sousaphone; Joe Lastie, drums; Freddie Lonzo, trombone/vocals; Clint Maedgen, sax/vocals; and Rickie Monie, piano.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has recorded numerous albums including The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection (2012) and The Hurricane Sessions (2008).


  • Complimentary tickets are available to Bryant students, faculty, and staff at the Bryant Center Information Desk. Limit: two per person.
  • General admission: $20
  • Bryant alumni: $10 if reserved in advance
  • Non-Bryant students and teachers: $10 with I.D.
  • Smithfield residents: Two complimentary tickets per household (additional tickets, $20 each)

To reserve tickets, call (401) 531-6663.