November 22nd "Big Shot" Reserved Seats

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  • Ticket Price: $40.00 - $50.00
  • Restrictions: All Ages
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Presenting at 5 and 6 PM, The Preservation Legacy Band with Will Smith.

Presenting at 8, 9, and 10 PM, The Preservation All Stars with Lucien Barbarin.

Every night, Preservation Hall presents intimate, acoustic concerts featuring ensembles made up from a current collective of 100+ local master Traditional New Orleans Jazz practitioners. These master musicians have learned the traditional style from the greats that played before them at Preservation Hall. The Preservation All Stars feature some of those master veteran musicians. With a line-up changing week to week, the Preservation All Stars provide an ever-evolving take on the New Orleans Jazz tradition.

Will Smith

Will Smith grew up in Preservation Hall, where his sister Dodie Smith-Simmons worked and his brother-in-law trumpeter John “Kid” Simmons sometimes played. Smith used to help push Sweet Emma’s wheelchair to the car when her son came to pick her up, and most of the time she said something mean. “She was a real cantankerous old broad, but she was a great entertainer who captivated the audience,” Smith recalled. After following around his brother-in-law, Smith could not wait to get an instrument of his own. His parents eventually bought him a trumpet, and he has been playing New Orleans jazz ever since.

Hall legends Percy Humphrey, Ernie Cagnolatti, Kid Thomas, and DeDe Pierce remain a part of Smith’s musical fiber and have greatly influenced his sound. In 1975 Smith joined the Fairview Baptist Church Band, led by legendary jazzman Danny Barker, and he has played and toured with numerous traditional brass bands, including the Storyville Stompers and Harold Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band, as well as the Doc Paulin, Chosen Few, Treme, Tornado, Lil’ Rascals, and Pinstripe brass bands.
Lucien Barbarin

Trombonist Lucien Barbarin made his musical debut at age six playing drums with his uncle Paul Barbarin’s Onward Brass Band. For five generations, the Barbarin family has been one of the premier families of brass band music and jazz. The family patriarch, Isidore Barbarin, mentored the young Louis Armstrong nearly a century ago in the original Onward Brass Band, and years later, Armstrong recruited Isidore’s son Paul (Lucien’s uncle) to play drums with his big band in the 1930s and 1940s.

In grade school, Lucien picked up a baritone horn, but when he arrived home with an instrument case bigger than he was, his mother was a little skeptical. With a shortage of tuba players in his junior high band, Lucien volunteered to play. By high school, Barbarin had taken up the trombone. He played rhythm and blues gigs around New Orleans with the groups Stone Mountain and Joy, but an invitation to work with drummer Albert “June” Gardner drew Barbarin toward traditional jazz. Since then, he has played with the Tuxedo Brass Band, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Doc Cheatham, Harry Connick Jr., and Lionel Hampton. Barbarin began appearing regularly at Preservation Hall in the early 1980s.