"Big Shot" Reserved Seating for Preservation Hall 8, 9, and 10pm Concerts, The Southern Syncopators with Steve Pistorius
726 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, LA, 70116
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
"Big Shot" Reserved Seating for Preservation Hall 8, 9, and 10pm Concerts
Enjoy the best in Traditional New Orleans Jazz from the most preferred seats in the Hall; the only reserved seating available at Preservation Hall. Availability for our BIG SHOT seating is limited and we encourage booking in advance. (GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT OF PERFORMANCE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.) Nightly performances begin at 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15.
The Southern Syncopators with Steve Pistorius
Steve Pistorius has the “dubious honor” of being New Orleans' last remaining home-grown early Jazz pianist. Now known around the world for his Ragtime, Stride, and early Jazz rags, Steve started playing the piano as a kid in his Kenner home. Music was a love, not an ambition, so Steve didn't consider becoming a professional musician until he responded to an ad for an apple barrel piano player at a pizza joint in Metairie. He was 18 years old and had no formal training, but Steve was the only applicant and he got the job. We should all be grateful to one extremely patient banjo player at the pizza place who took the time to teach Steve how to play with other musicians, because he's been gigging ever since.
Steve's greatest influence has been Jelly Roll Martin, another Native Orleanian who is often (but not often enough, according to Steve) credited with loosening up Ragtime and transforming it into early Jazz. Early on in his career and before these legends passed, Steve had the chance to play with early 20th century Jazz impresarios like Chester Zardis, Willie Humphrey, Louis Barbarin, and composer Eubie Blake.
While many musicians in New Orleans diverge from jazz standards by experimenting with elements from the other musical genres teeming in this city, Steve is working to preserve the pure traditions of early Jazz. Since 1980 Preservation Hall has asked Steve to put together traditional jazz bands that never fail to rile the crowd at New Orleans' hallmark jazz venue. In addition to The Southern Syncopators, he is a part of Dr. Michael White's Liberty Jazz Band and plays regularly aboard the Steamboat Natchez as part of Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers. Steve brings New Orleans piano to Jazz festivals spanning all corners of the globe, and here in the US has played at monumental institutions such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Kennedy Center.
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