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Preservation Hall Jazz Band Performs a Creole Christmas at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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Ring in the Holiday Season at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform classic holiday hits with a jazzy New Orleans twist

Philadelphia,PA -- Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with an incredible, family-friendly performance guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit! Head down to the Big Easy with Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform holiday classics with a twist of ragtime, blues and jazz in A Creole Christmas on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 8:00 PM. Tickets for the performance are $20-$45 For tickets or for more information on both performances, please visit AnnenbergCenter.org or call 215.898.3900. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office.

Named after Preservation Hall, the revered music venue located in the heart of New Orleanss French Quarter, Grammy-award winning ensemble Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to preserve the art form of traditional New Orleans Jazz. An annual must-see production for New Orleans families since 2005, 2009 marks the first year that Preservation Hall Jazz Band takes their stomping, syncopated holiday spirit on the road. A Creole Christmas features swinging jazz versions of Holiday tunes including Blue Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and The Dreidel Song, as well as New Orleans holiday jazz classics like Swingin in a Winter Wonderland. No Preservation Hall show is complete without a Bourbon Street-style parade as the band plays their classic finale, When the Saints Go Marching In.

Preservation Hall Jazz Bands current lineup features an impressive roster of musicians with deeply rooted connections to the art form and to the band itself, including Creative Director Ben Jaffe (tuba), son of Preservation Hall Jazz Band co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Other current members include Mark Braud (trumpet, vocals), Charlie Gabriel (clarinet, saxophone, vocals), Clint Maedgen (reed, vocals), Joe Lastie, Jr. (drums), Frank Demond (trombone), Walter Payton (bass, vocals), and Rickie Monie (piano).

Preservation Hall Jazz Band last performed at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in 2003.

Give the gift of the performing arts to family and friends this holiday season! No returns, no fuss, and plenty of options to choose from beyond the month of December, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts gift certificates make the perfect gift for even the most difficult to shop for person on your list! Annenberg Center gift certificates are redeemable for tickets to any Penn Presents or Dance Celebration performance and may be purchased in any dollar amount by calling the Annenberg Center Box Office at 215.898.3900 or online at AnnenbergCenter.org. Gift certificates can also be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office.

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
A Creole Christmas

Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM
Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Ring in the holidays in true Creole style with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Straight from the Big Easy and featuring a flavorful gumbo of Christmas classics with a twist of ragtime, blues and jazz, this family-friendly event will surely put you in the holiday spirit!

Media support for the Annenberg Centers 09/10 Jazz Series is provided by WRTI FM and City Paper.

Tickets: $20-$45. For more information please call 215.898.3900 or visit AnnenbergCenter.org

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