Originally built as a private residence in 1750, the hall was used for many different purposes until Preservation Hall opened its doors in 1961. The hall was created as a sanctuary to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz. Over 40 years later, the hall is still going strong. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians in their 70's and 80's and younger musicians learning and embracing music that is both sweet and very beautiful. (Photo Credit: The New York Times)
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