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George Mason University Presents New Orleans Legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint with the “Oh Yeah!” Tour on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.

October 2, 2014
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George Mason University

Presents

                                    New Orleans Legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint    

“Oh Yeah!” Tour  

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 2, 2014 –Two musical titans from the Big Easy pay homage to the great music of their city when Preservation Hall Jazz Band teams up with legendary jazz and R&B pianist Allen Toussaint for the “Oh Yeah! Tour,” comingto George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at 7 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a respected musical institution in New Orleans for more than 50 years. The band derives its name from the popular jazz hall founded in 1961 in the heart of the French Quarter by jazz lovers Allan and Sandra Jaffe, who bought the venue after honeymooning in New Orleans. Their son, Ben Jaffe, assumed his father’s duties as the creative director of Preservation Hall and the jazz band. Tasked with the challenge of taking the band into the new century despite a dwindling pool of veteran musicians and an aging fan base, Jaffe has brought in the fresh ideas of young jazz musicians and the band has collaborated with a diverse collection of artists outside the New Orleans tradition, including My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Pete Seeger and the Del McCoury Band. The band recently recorded its first album featuring entirely original songs, titled “That’s It!” Carrying on a tradition from the early days of jazz, the fresh new material is not only being performed by the band, but also by other musicians performing at Preservation Hall, who expand their repertoire by adding these new tunes into the mix. The band has had a number of recent high profile appearances, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Coachella, the 2013 Grammy Awards show, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Allen Toussaint has been praised for his seminal influence on the music of his hometown of New Orleans. He is known for some of the most timeless hits in jazz and R&B music, including “Java,” “Southern Nights,” “Yes We Can,” “Working in the Coal Mine,” “Mother-in-Law,” “Ride Your Pony,” “Fortune Teller,” “I Like It Like That” and “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)”; many of his songs have been recorded by artists across diverse genres. Toussaint has credited Hurricane Katrina with helping him reboot his career after the floods forced him out of his home and studio, prompting him to relocate to New York City. He began performing solo concerts at Joe’s Pub and other venues, gaining a comfort and ease he never had before on the stage. Toussaint has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Song Writers Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and recently received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama and an honorary doctorate from Tulane University.

 

Program will be announced from the stage.

 

 

Tickets for PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND AND ALLEN TOUSSAINT are $48, $41 and $29. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.