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Preservation Hall/Howard Lambert
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AAA Editor Notes
Preservation Hall is at 726 St. Peter St. Each night one of five or six bands performs traditional New Orleans jazz at this venue that is dedicated to preserving this art in its truest form since 1961. 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 piano and a few 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 may be available for the first 15-20 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.

Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.

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