Preservation Hall JB in London 17 June

Preservation Hall Jazz BandThe Preservation Hall Jazz Band, now named The Great Preservation Hall Jazz Band, plays at London's South Bank on 17 June as part of former Kinks leader Ray Davies's direction of the 2011 Meltdown festival.

Named after the legendary New Orleans' music venue, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has toured for almost 50 years, sometimes playing alongside such jazz pioneers as Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong.

The band is now led by Ben Jaffe, son of co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, and its visit, like the recent UK issue of two Kermit Ruffins albums, is well-timed as Treme, the American television drama series based in New Orleans, attracts international interest.

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