Walton Arts Center presents Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas

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Walton Arts Center presents Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas

Northwest Arkansas (December 5, 2012) – Walton Arts Center is proud to present Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas on Thursday, December 20 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now and range from $20 to $36 and can be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Under the direction of Ben Jaffe, son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) features some of the greatest and most historic multi-generational musicians touring the globe today. The group recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a four-CD 58-track collection of recordings.

Performing “Creole Christmas” since 2005, PHJB brings their unique New Orleans hot and spicy flavor to holiday traditions with songs like “Blue Christmas,” “Swinging In A Winter Wonderland,” “Bells Will Be Ringin’,” and “The Dreydel Song.”

The group was developed in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter at Preservation Hall in 1961. The building itself has a colorful past, housing a tavern as far back as the war of 1812 and an art gallery that led the transition to renowned music venue. Beginning in 1963, several bands were touring under the name Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with many of the charter members performing with early twentieth century jazz inventors and pioneers including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson. PHJB has performed around the world for a variety of audiences, from Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center to British Royalty, the King of Thailand and every U.S. president since the Kennedy Administration.

Following Hurricane Katrina, band leader John Brunious stayed at an evacuation center in Conway, Ark. before heading to New York to reunite with members of the group. They met at a Manhattan TV studio with time for only one song – “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

This performance is part of the Popcorn Indiana® American Masters Series. Media support provided by Fox 24. For more information on this performance, please visit www.waltonartscenter.org or call 479.443.5600. For more information on Preservation Hall Jazz Band, visit www.preservationhall.com.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas' premier center for the performing arts and entertainment. Each year more than 150,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend over 350 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, graduations and more. Approximately 40,000 students and teachers from 30 school districts participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and over 300 volunteers donate more than 15,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 50% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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