Traditional Jazz

Preservation All-Stars

Tue, 08/08/23

Mari Watanabe

Tue, 08/08/23
Mari Watanabe is a gifted pianist, composer, and arranger who leads her Chosen Few Jazz Band with dynamic energy and crisp musicianship. Watanabe began studying music in her native Japan at the age of five, and knew early on that New Orleans traditional jazz was her passion... Read more

James Rivers

Tue, 08/08/23
James Rivers has played on some of New Orleans’ most classic hits, and continues to please crowds today with his versatile repertoire and mastery of multiple instruments. He has also penned music for six Clint Eastwood films. Born in 1938 and raised in the historic Treme ne... Read more

Dominick Grillo

Tue, 08/08/23
Dominick Grillo’s swinging tenor sax is an essential component of several New Orleans jazz bands as well as the star attraction for Grillo’s own band, the Frenchmen Street All-Stars. Grillo moved to New Orleans in the early 2000s to study jazz at UNO, and was schooled up by... Read more

Debbie Davis

Sun, 08/06/23
Debbie Davis is a New Orleans institution, a songstress, ukulele master, and entertainer who has performed with an impressive roster of local music royalty: John Boutte, Paul Sanchez, The Pfister Sisters, the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Tom McDermott, Alex McMurray, at the D... Read more

Haruka Kikuchi

Sun, 08/06/23
Haruka Kikuchi is one of the city’s most dynamic horn players, engaging audiences with her musicality, stage presence, and expertise on the slide trombone. Kikuchi was born in Japan, loved listening to all kinds of music, and excelled on piano and violin, but had her “aha” ... Read more

Doreen Ketchens

Sun, 08/06/23
Doreen Ketchens honed her traditional jazz clarinet chops in the streets of New Orleans, and can still be seen as a street performer on Royal Street in the historic French Quarter with her band, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans. Born in 1966 in the historic Treme neighborhood, Ket... Read more

Ben Jaffe

Sun, 08/06/23
Ben Jaffe is impossible to summarize in the space given here. The tuba and double bass player leads the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is the creative director of the institution, is the Chairman of the Board of the Preservation Hall Foundation, and, as the New York Times put... Read more

Yoshitaka "Z2" Tsuji

Sun, 08/06/23
Yoshitaka "Z2" Tsuji came to New Orleans from his native Osaka, Japan, and has impressed audiences since Day 1 with his huge talent as a pianist and composer. Tsuji, better known as Z2, gained fame as the pianist with Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, but has also e... Read more

Wendell Brunious

Sun, 08/06/23
Wendell Brunious embodies the spirit and history of everything that is New Orleans jazz: intensely qualified musicianship, deeply woven family ties, the sense that music is a conversation, and an unquestioned passion for the craft and the art. Brunious, who has been playing... Read more

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