New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at the 26th annual benefit for The Inner-City Foundation on Thursday, November 16th at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.
The Inner-City Foundation provides crucial funding to local programs providing help to Fairfield County’s neediest families, and individuals. Help us to help our neediest neighbors, at a time when budget cuts are seriously hurting programs providing the most basic human needs.
“We are delighted to be presenting the Preservation Hall Jazz Band this year,” says Richard T. Stone, executive director of The Inner-City Foundation. “The majority of our funding comes from this event, and without its proceeds we could not do what we do, which is to provide almost $1 million of crucial funding to local programs providing critical help to the neediest people right here in Fairfield County.”
Founded in 1992, The Inner-City Foundation supports organizations providing food, clothing, shelter, education and counseling to at-risk and needy families, children and adults of Fairfield County. Organizations may apply for grants; all applications are thoughtfully considered, says Stone.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture, perpetuate and expand the art form that is New Orleans Jazz.
An evolving working band for more than 50 years, they have recorded with musical legends Tom Waits, Pete Seeger and Doctor John, performed sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall with the likes of Allen Toussaint and Steve Earle, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Director Ben Jaffe is quick to point out that Preservation Hall – which his parents, Allan and Sandra Jaffe, founded in 1961 – was never meant to be a museum. At its beginnings it broke racial boundaries to present the living legends of New Orleans music, living links to the origins of jazz. Today, with a band whose ages range nearly 60 years, the mission remains the same: to pass on the traditions while continually revitalizing them with new blood and fresh ideas.
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