July 22nd "Big Shot" Reserved Seats

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Presenting at 5 and 6 PM, The Preservation Legacy Band with Gregg Stafford.

Presenting at 8, 9, and 10 PM, The Preservation All Stars with Clive Wilson.

Gregg Stafford

Gregg Stafford’s trumpet playing is seeped in tradition. In his youth, however, he had no desire to become a musician. By chance, his high school band leader needed a trumpet player and recruited Stafford. Nine months later, he started marching in parades. He was sixteen years old, and at that time, in the late 1960s, brass band music was for “old men.” But Stafford had grown up watching brass bands and loved practicing tunes at home. He began playing in the E. Gibson Brass Band with childhood friends Tuba Fats Lacen and Michael Myers and subsequently in Danny Barker’s Fairview Baptist Church Band. Stafford also played in the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, which he went on to lead, and the Olympia Brass Band.

Decades before he began playing regularly at Preservation Hall, Stafford came by to hear the music. But he absorbed much more from the musicians he thought of as fathers—Louis Cottrell, Harold Dejan, Albert Walters, Jack Willis, Teddy Riley, and many more. These men taught him about history, pride, and values. Stafford says music holds the people and the community together; every time he plays, he holds audiences in rapture.

Clive Wilson

Born in London, England, Clive Wilson took up the trumpet in the early 1960s after hearing the George Lewis New Orleans Jazz Band on tour. He studied physics at Newcastle University, but jazz was his passion, and after moving to New Orleans in 1964, he decided to make music his career. Wilson went to Preservation Hall every night. At the end of the first week, the band told him to get his horn and sit in. He later lived around the corner from the Hall with Lars Edegran. Wilson says, “Preservation Hall was our front room. We’d go down there at 8:30 or 9:00 and spend most of the night there, every night. . . . It was like being in heaven for someone who wanted to be around this music and these musicians.”

Wilson was soon playing in parades and jazz funerals with the Young Tuxedo, Olympia, and Eureka brass bands. During the 1960s he played second trumpet on tour with Billie and DeDe Pierce, and he later toured with clarinetist Herb Hall. Wilson also performed with Freddie Kohlman’s band and Papa French’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. He leads the Original Camellia Jazz Band and the New Orleans Serenaders.