The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB), based in the city known as the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans, LA, will make its only Northern California appearance scheduled in 2010 at the historic El Campanil Theatre in Antioch on March 6. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation and the support of the Antioch Music Foundation, the concert will be held on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.
The building in New Orleans that houses Preservation Hall was the site of many businesses over the years. These included a tavern during the war of 1812, a photo studio and an art gallery. It was during the years of the art gallery that then owner, Larry Borenstein, began holding informal jam sessions for his close friends. Out of these sessions grew the concept of Preservation Hall.
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.
On a yearly basis, the PHJB performs hundreds of concerts in major cities around the world. A major component of the PHJB's mission is to share with young audiences the living musical traditions of New Orleans. Through Master classes and Student Performances, the PHJB exposes thousands of students to New Orleans Music the world over. From Master classes with college level students and professional musicians at leading conservatories or children's performances for grammar school students, the PHJB seizes every opportunity to spread the resounding joy of New Orleans Music.
Tickets for the PHJB concert at El Campanil may be purchased in advance at the ticket office at 604 W. 2nd Street (next door to the theatre) Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and one hour before show time. There is no service charge when purchased at the ticket office; if purchased by phone, (925) 757-9500, there is a $2.00 service charge per order (not per ticket). Ticket prices are as follows: $25 for Adults, $22 for Seniors, and $15 for Youth. Due to educational emphasis of PHJB, Music Teachers who attend the concert with their students are eligible for the $15 ticket price if they call the ticket office. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com, then, clicking the Buy Tickets link on the home page.
Notable Jazz Musicians who have appeared at El Campanil Theatre in recent years include the following:
Pete Escovedo Orchestra;
Christian McBride, Geoffrey Keezer, and Justin Brown;
Tuck and Patti
The Antioch Music Foundation (AMF), a California non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, was created in September 2005 to stage musical entertainment events and seek monetary and musical instrument donations for the benefit of the Antioch Unified School Districts music programs. Walter and Cynthia Ruehlig of Antioch, CA, founded the organization, and it has a Board of Directors totaling 10 members. During its first full year of existence, AMF distributed nearly $20,000 and numerous instruments to the various AUSD music programs. It has also staged several other diverse musical events, most notably:
The Antioch Collegiate Jazz Festival, headlined by Jazz Bassist Christian McBride, pianist Geoffrey Keezer and drummer Justin Brown, along with small Jazz combos from the Dave Brubeck Institute (University of Pacific), Cal State East Bay, Fresno State, and San Jose State.
Ken Bergman's Percussion Discussion
Internationally-renowned, Philippines-based Saringhimig Singers.
East County Idol, patterned after American Idol, which was won by Neyshia Go in 2006 and Chanelle Lewis in 2008; the next one is scheduled for April 18, 2010.
A church choir competition won by Antioch Family Church.
For more on the AMF, please visit its website at antiochmusic.org.