Mardi Gras Sounds to Fill Concert Hall

Posted: November 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The heartbeat of traditional New Orleans jazz still beats as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band graces the Concert Hall stage Sunday at 4 p.m. Hailed as messengers of true jazz, the band members carry on the tradition and culture that can only be found in the Crescent City. On an exclusive four-month tour away from their home in the historic Preservation Hall, the band’s infectious enthusiasm has been known to bring audiences to their feet and into the aisles as they experience the sounds of Mardi Gras.

Described as “synonymous with a slice of Americana” by the Los Angeles Times, the septet, formed in 1961, is composed of musicians following in the footsteps of previous generations of their families. Each member has the respect, love, and devotion needed to keep the spirit of jazz alive in today’s world of varying music styles. The band’s repertoire includes classics such as “Basin Street Blues,” “Bill Bailey,” “Moonlight and Roses,” “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” and New Orleans’ own anthem “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

A pre-performance discussion begins at 3:15 p.m. For tickets, call (703) 218-6500.

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