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Laguna Hills, California
February 8, 2005
You can request songs for an extra fee, including "When The Saints Go Marching In," but that one costs a special fee to request. The only problem with this place is that the seating is a bit uncomfortable, but it doesn't matter since the music is just amazing.
From journal Honeymoon in The Big Easy
December 22, 2004
If you go, be sure to take a doggie bag from your fine New Orleans meal and share with Preservation Hall's resident feline, Jazz Cat. The Hall opens at 8pm, and the jazz sizzles until midnight. It is located on St. Peter between Bourbon and Royal.
From journal Christmas Tour of Garden District Homes
San Francisco, California
June 3, 2003
If you are planning to go, do not linger over dinner. Make sure you are in line no later than 7:20pm if you want to be close to the front. If you arrive late, the sound is still pretty good in the back – but you will envy those down front and kick yourself. Once the music starts, people line up out front and it becomes next to impossible to get a seat. Once you are inside, the building looks even more run down – except for some instruments and a small wooden stage up front. Around 8:30pm the musicians file in and start playing and the party has started.
The bands are slightly different from night to night, but many of the songs performed are the same. There are a lot of old timers who really sing with flair. My favorite song was "The Saint James Infirmary Blues. After the first couple of sets a hat is usually passed for those who would like to deposit money to request specific songs. The cost for this not to be missed jazz experience at Preservation Hall is $5 per person. A jazz lover can sit till 11pm and listen to some of the best music on the planet. Preservation Hall does not serve any food or drinks. During the heat of summer, this little room can get hot, so I recommend bringing along a bottle of ice cold water.
If you go to New Orleans and you are only going to do three activities – you should go to Preservation Hall three times. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough.
From journal A Jazzy Time In New Orleans
New York, New York
February 25, 2003
But if you do happen to catch the sign over the tired old doorway, pay the tiny cover charge and make it into the small, crowded, un-air-conditioned, lit-by-a-single-bare-bulb room to hear whoever is fronting the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on that particular night, you are guaranteed to get a sample of authentic New Orleans jazz.
Nowadays, much of the French Quarter is geared towards the college (and post-college) folk, attempting to make it into spring break year-round. As result, much of the music you hear booming from many of the bars and clubs on Bourbon Street is an Allman Brothers cover band or, worse yet, bumping and grinding techno.
Where can you go to get a little true jazz? Preservation Hall. It don't serve no drinks, there ain't many seats, there's barely even any light--but the music that's played in the tiny room is by far superior to anything within a 6-block radius. This is Old Jazz as Louis played it. The band plays a set, then takes a break, and then plays another set, and once you're in, you're free to stay as long as you like.
While you're there, feel free to make a request--it's a dollar for a jazz standard, and five for them to play "When the Saints Go Marching in," presumably because they're tired of playing it.
Just go. It's jazz without frills, and it's more than worth the price of admission.
From journal The Big Easy
Auckland, United Kingdom
January 3, 2003
It's literally just a hall--there is no bar, toilets, chairs, or even a stage. Get in early if you can, and sit down on the floor in front of the musicians, but avoid sitting in front of the trombonist and/or saxophonist unless you like saliva dripping on you.
Several bands play during the evening and your ticket is good for the whole night, so you can nip out to get a drink between sets. Still, you won't be allowed back in once the next band starts playing--you'll have to wait until the next interval.
All the bands I saw were fabulous and played all the old jazz favourites--'Sunny Side of the Street' and 'Hello Dolly'--and some bands will play requests for tips.
From journal Good Times in New Orleans
April 19, 2001
From journal New Orleans All That Jazz
by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
January 15, 2001
From journal A weekend in New Orleans