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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band releases two live albums Tuesday: St. Peter & 57th Street and The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection. The band is named for the legendary jazz house in New Orleans.


And now from the up-and-coming, we turn to a band celebrating its 50th birthday.


GREENE: That's the sound of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, named for the jazz house in the French Quarter where they play. To mark 50 years, the New Orleans group is releasing two albums today.


After Hurricane Katrina, Preservation Hall was closed. It's open again now, but the band pays tribute to those struggles on "St. Peter and 57th Street." The album is a recording of a performance at Carnegie Hall featuring guests like the rapper Yasiin Bey.


GREENE: The other release from the bands today is a four-disc anthology. There's music recorded from the 1960s through the 1980s, and some of those tracks were salvaged from a flooded studio in the days after Hurricane Katrina.


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