New York is always a great place to hear live jazz, from Julliard student trios in divey bars to full jazz orchestras at Jazz at Lincoln Center. But New Orleans kicks our ass in the jazz department (and blues, and zydeco, etc.). I had the enormous pleasure of seeing the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform last night at the Spiegel Tent in Lower Manhattan. It was like a little Mardi Gras, complete with a second line and confetti, but without the drunk sorority girls. More pics here.