KU News Release

March 2, 2011
Contact: Marisa Bregman, Lied Center, 785-864-2722

Legendary bluegrass, jazz bands to perform April 14 at Lied Center

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LAWRENCE — The Lied Center of Kansas and Douglas County Bank will present American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Two legendary groups of musicians from two distinctly different American musical lineages will come together for the concert. The Del McCoury Band, the most honored group in bluegrass history, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a New Orleans-based national treasure, will perform original and traditional American music compositions with eloquent musicianship. The two groups create a blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as lively New Orleans jazz meets the lonesome sound of the Appalachians.

“We met Del McCoury a couple of years ago,” said Ben Jaffe, musical director for Preservation Hall, in a webcam interview with the Lied Center viewable at lied.ku.edu. “He came to New Orleans to record a song with us for a benefit project we were doing. Mr. McCoury spent a day recording with us in Preservation Hall and he had such a great time, the band had such a great time and the energy between us was really amazing. We immediately became very close friends and we started talking about possibly going out and doing more work together.”

Filling venues from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry to New Orleans’ Preservation Hall, the Del McCoury Band prides itself on diversity. One of the most esteemed bluegrass ensembles performing today, the band’s repertoire extends beyond bluegrass to include funk and gospel. With a performance career spanning more than 50 years, McCoury first rose to popularity with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963. McCoury then performed with his own band, the Dixie Pals, eventually changing the group’s name to The Del McCoury Band after his sons joined, Ronnie on mandolin and Rob on banjo. In 2004, the Del McCoury Band was nominated for a Grammy Award for best bluegrass album for “It’s Just the Night.” In 2006, it won the category for “The Company We Keep.”

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe, began touring in 1963 to share the unique sound of New Orleans jazz. Its name comes from the respected music venue located in the heart of the New Orleans’ French Quarter. Many of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s charter members performed with the pioneers of jazz in the early 20th century, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson. The band now has more than 100 tour dates each year worldwide.

Jaffe, son of founders Allan and Sandra, manages Preservation Hall as a venue, band and record label. The group’s most recent album, “Preservation: An album benefitting Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program,” was recorded in 2010 in Preservation Hall itself. The album features a multigenerational lineup of artists, including McCoury.

Tickets are on sale at the Lied Center ticket office, 785-864-2787 or 785-864-2777 TDD; Murphy Hall box office, (785) 864-3982; and online at lied.ku.edu. Tickets are $30 for the public and $15 for students and youth. All seats are reserved. Discounts may apply.

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