On February 1st, SFJAZZ will host its 2018 Gala benefiting the organization’s artistic and education programs, during which Preservation Hall will be honored with a SFJazz Lifetime Achievement Award. Preservation Hall has always been a staple of New Orleans jazz and the greater music community at large, with the venue hosting countless musical legends over the years and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band bringing the jubilant sounds of New Orleans to audiences around the world since the group’s inception in 1963. During the gala, Preservation Hall Jazz Band is set to perform in addition to artists like Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Chucho Valdés, SFJAZZ Collective, Pedrito Martinez, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Big Freedia, Daymé Arocena, Saul Williams, Airto Moreira, and more.Phil Lesh, Nikki Bluhm, Robert Randolph, Preservation Hall Band, & More Make Magic In NJ [Videos/ Photos]Preservation Hall’s SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award is meant to honor the venue as a pillar of New Orleans music and culture. As SFJazz Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline explained, “Preservation Hall is a model of how a cultural institution can become an integrated part of a city’s identity – an idea that inspires us, and a goal that we continually work towards. … Though the environs of Preservation Hall and the SFJAZZ Center are as physically different from each other as can be, we recognize that they have a rare quality in common: as places where the beauty of the moment can be felt and the soul of this music comes to life.”Chance The Rapper, Preservation Hall, George Porter Jr. Close Bonnaroo SuperJam With “Hey Ya”Tickets for the SFJazz 2018 Gala are available now. VIP Packages include an intimate, seated dinner for 150 guests along with featured artists and an exclusive pre-event further honoring Preservation Hall. Luminary tickets include a private cocktail hour featuring a performance by the SFJazz High School All-Stars Combo and featured celebrity artists, while Gala tickets include a New Orleans-inspired reception. Tickets for the gala’s after-party, featuring performances by Galactic and The Original Pinettes Brass Band will also be available to the public. For tickets, contact Emily Everding (415-283-0342, [email protected]) and for more information about the event, visit SFJazz Gala’s website here.