2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival a Star-Studded Success

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The New Orleans Times-Picayune recaptures two weeks of magical highlights during the 2012 Jazz & Heritage Festival, culminating in a grand Preservation Hall star-studded celebration.

“What followed underscored the continuity of New Orleans music in general, and Preservation Hall specifically. On one end of the stage was trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, at 100 the city’s oldest active jazz musician, and trombonist Wendell Eugene, who once was a bandmate of Braud’s grandfather. On the other end were the young students of the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band.

“They all joined in an uproarious “When the Saints Go Marching In,” which Braud updated with a “Who Dat” chant. The finale boasted everyone — the Preservation Hall crew and their multitude of special guests — on a rollicking, kitchen-sink take on the age-old gospel standard “I’ll Fly Away.”

“It was the Preservation Hall Jazz Band looking back, even as it looked forward. Just like Jazz Fest.”

Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

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