Just a NoLa walk with Anthropologie

Anthropologie the upscale women’s store has issued a smart catalogue featuring Preservation Hall and some of it’s jazz band members, including the clarinetist Charlie Gabriel on the cover.

I am more of a Tipitina’s and Maple Leaf -Jacques Imo’s kind of 504 dude, but I have much respect for the venue and org Preservation, who happen to have two Bay Area shows coming up, in Livermore and Marin.

The catalog has me sussing around the aether to put this shoot in context. There are at least three musicians featured (but not named, except on the chain’s website, Gabriel, drummer Joseph Lastie Jr, and tubist-administrator Ben Jaffee, featured on the site only). Most of the clothing is modeled by a young blonde woman whose looks shout Ukraine or Sweden more than NoLa.

There is an homage to a recent small label release “Bille De De” featuring pianist Billie Pierce (it’s framed and on the wall, above Miss Olga and we presume in the actual building) but more people know the major label release from the 1980s or the recent session with guests like Andrew Bird, Tom Waits, Pete Seeger and Steve Earle.


I will swing by the Palo Alto store to see what NoLa influence they are featuring and edita as necessary. For $138 you can pick up a “zydeco peasant dress” imported from somewhere the snapped beans are surely canned, bland and or in short supply.

There’s something a little sad about jazz as an accessory that says “quaint” or “classical” more than “happening”, but again I am more Chris Speed than Dr. Michael White. And it’s kinda like the argument that someday Native Americans will value being stereotyped on Chicago Black Hawks jersies rather than being completely assimilated or forgotten. Go, Prez!

Anthropologie is a 135-store chain founded in Philly in 1992,  a sister to Urban Outfitters. Here in the 650, they took over an 11,000 s.f. former auto shop at Alma and Addison, developed by McNellis, in 2002.

Here is an interesting news segment featured on the band’s site:

edit to add: this is perhaps a red herring and too plastic but I have had a note in my cell for more than a few weeks to suss out “chi guitar gallery 216”. Somewhere I am now piercing together was a shot in a black and white movie or a still photo from Chicago back in the day with a sign for a guitar shop. I found a musician Jack Cecchini who describes himself as a founder of just such a shop in the 1970s at 226 or 216 S. Wabash in Chicago which is close enough for me.

And this is perhaps gratuitous but in 1999 Danny Scher of DanSun Productions issued a Narvin Kimball cd “Ninety and Still Swinging ” by the last surviving original member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I was an uncredited courier on that production –recorded live at Yoshi’s — in that I delivered from Danny’s East Bay home office to a design firm here in town some of the artwork, which is one of my most Zeligistic claims, bumping into geniuses and all dat.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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