"The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans" featuring The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Irma Thomas
Manager: Tim Fox, Alison Ahart Williams
Management Territory: USA
"Ms. Thomas sings warmly and forthrightly amid the two-fisted rumbas, R&B vamps, jazz ballads and barrelhouse flourishes. And without getting heady-handed the song choices haven't forgotten what happened to her beloved city." The New York Times
"The memories of Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, George Lewis and other New Orleans greats feel fresh and dynamic in this music, meaning, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is doing its job." USA Today
If Preservation Hall is the musical heart of the French Quarter, then The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is its heartbeat. Take this group of world-class musicians, critically acclaimed for their joyful and timeless spirit, and combine them with the Crescent City’s “Soul Queen,” Irma Thomas, and you get a very special evening of music that showcases “The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans.”
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band began in 1963, and since then have made history as a New Orleans institution both artistically and culturally, . . . as a national musical treasure. Moving beyond their humbled roots, the PHJB has performed all over the globe from Carnegie Hall in NYC to private shows for the King of Thailand and British Royalty. Constantly innovating, they’ve collaborated in recent years with pop artists like The Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and also released their first-ever album of all original material (That’s It!, 2013), all while preserving the integrity, and swing, of traditional New Orleans jazz. Celebrated for their absolutely electric presence on stage, Associated Press described their live show best when they proclaimed that "most of all what the band preserves is the infectious joy of New Orleans jazz sure to get listeners tapping their feet if not dancing."
As part of New Orleans’ musical royalty, Irma Thomas is a Grammy Award-winning singer with her own rich musical history. Her first single in 1960 reached the Billboard R&B charts, and from there she recorded for many labels, including Chess and Rounder Records. Her soul-drenched voice can be heard on the Allen Toussaint-produced track “It’s Raining,” which was featured in the Jim Jarmusch’s cult classic, Down By Law; in 2007 she was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame; and in 2008 she was featured on the poster of the world-famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Touring together for the first time, "The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans" featuring The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Irma Thomas will treat audiences to a very special concert filled with new collaborations as well as traditional standards.
- Irma Thomas at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (2014)
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band - That's It! (live from Brooklyn Bowl)
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
- Irma Thomas
- Irma Thomas
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band That's It! Album Cover