The ‘Round Midnight Preserves livestream event featured a mix of previously recorded footage and live shows, headed up by a rousing performance of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ – led by McCartney on trumpet.
Irma Thomas, Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Nathaniel Rateliff also contributed to the rendition – watch it below.
As well as pitching in on ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, Grohl duetted on the Preservation Hall’s own New Orleans anthem ‘Come with Me’ alongside legendary clarinetist, saxophonist, and flutist Charlie Gabriel, and later performed a solo acoustic version of ‘Best of You’.
All of the older performances featured the Preservation Hall Jazz Band themselves, including sets from Beck, Sharon Jones, and Arcade Fire’s Karnaval 2020 version of ‘Wake Up’, one of the last major concerts in New Orleans prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
Win Butler also contributed a post-show set as DJ Windows 98, alongside Jaffe, who opened by taking a knee while playing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was founded in 1961 as a way to promote New Orleans jazz. They often hold their own ‘Midnight Preserves’ sessions at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which sees them joined by a host of special guests.
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