With the New Orleans Jazz Fest in full-swing, the Crescent City is filled with the glorious sounds of rhythm and blues and all manners of roots music that makes this city such a spectacular place. This week the newly opened Ace Hotel in the city's warehouse district is doing its part to add to the city's music legacy with its own slate of innovative programming. Today the new hotel, restaurant and cultural space is hosting a workshop with historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band reflecting its mission to preserve and proliferate traditional New Orleans Jazz music.
"It's great that the Ace is reaching out to the local community for their programming," says Ben Jaffe, creative director of the Preservation Hall Foundation as wells as a tuba and upright bass player who also curated today's free all-day event at the hotel which he rightfully compares to a "symposium."
The workshop will include performances by the Preservation Hall Hot 4Plus CM Radio (with Clint Maedgen mixing live electronics with traditional New Orleans Jazz); Joe Lastie Jr. and the Family Gospel a dance workshop with the Mardis Gras Indians percussion with Walter Harris as well as woodwinds and brass workshops.