Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie

Review and photos by Ben Marks

On Saturday, March 28, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band played at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is organized by the venerable music venue, Preservation Hall in New Orleans. They travel the world to perform, nurture and perpetuate the joyous and timeless art form of Dixieland jazz and traditional New Orleans jazz that was born in their home town and spread throughout the country via the Riverboats plying the Mississippi River. The band has been touring for over twenty-five years and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2007.

Their impressive array of talent and excellent stage presence is very entertaining. The band can be powerful, fun, moving and soulful, and switches between these moods seamlessly. They are a class act, and kept the audience’s interest, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.

Rating: I highly recommend seeing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. They played excellent music and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. I give it 4 guitars, or saxophones, or whatever.

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