AAA Editor Notes
Preservation Hall is at 726 St. Peter St. Each night one of five or six bands performs traditional jazz in its truest form. Only a very limited number of reserved seats are available, so line up with hopefuls along St. Peter Street about an hour before the doors open. Trust us—there's never a bad show.
The “hall” is simply a dimly lit room the size of a large parlor. About three rows of low, backless wooden benches face the informal stage, which comprises the front third of the room and contains a set of drums, a vintage Steinway piano and a couple of antique oak press-back chairs for musicians.
A conspicuous sign posts the suggested “tipping” price for special requests: $5 for traditional, $10 for other and $20 for “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Seating is available for the first 40 who enter; otherwise, it's standing room only for the shoulder-to-shoulder capacity crowd of about 100. Photography and recording during performances is not permitted.