NEW ORLEANS -- The 2014 poster for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by artist Terrence Osborne pays homage to Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The iconic jazz club, opened by Alan Jaffe and his wife Sandra, at 726 St. Peter Street was instrumental in the resurgence of traditional jazz not only in the city, but across the country. The building has become a shrine to jazz, particularly New Orleans' place as the birthplace of the musicial form, since it was opened in 1961.
"This venue for jazz pioneers reminded the world that this organized yet extemporaneous mélange was the American sound track. The Jaffes’ gift did more than preserve New Orleans jazz: It reinvigorated it, ultimately creating a self-renewing trans-generational hand-off to new masters and devotees that continues today," said a release.
Put together by Jaffe, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band became a touring band in 1963 to take those seminal sounds on the road.
"A 50-year old band will have some personnel changes over the years but this band probably sets the record at 46 members and counting. And in a city of legacies, none is more poignant than that the tuba chair has been passed to Allan and Sandra’s son, Ben Jaffe, who also mans the upright bass in the Band’s current eight-man lineup. Thirty-one albums and one National Medal of Arts later, the Band and the Hall prove what's old is new & what's new is old.
The poster is the fourth time Osborne has designed one for the festival, previously doing the poster in 2012 and the Congo Square posters in 2007 and 2010.