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Dave Grohl, Trombone Shorty and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band jam in a Grammys elevator

By Matt Micucci


Dave Grohl, front man of rock band Foo Fighters and former band member of Nirvana, performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty before the Grammy Awards earlier this week. The impromptu jam took place in an elevator. The bystanders filmed a bit of the performance, which features Grohl tapping on a drum while the rest of the band blares away for the minute-long ride. Grohl and Shorty also got to join the New Orleans group for a traditional second-line parade along the red carpet leading into the venue prior to the awards ceremony.


This is far from being the first time the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has jammed with non-jazz musicians. On January, along with Arcade Fire, they paid tribute to the late rock icon David Bowie with a traditional second line parade through the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter.


Grohl had previously met the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty during his trip to New Orleans to film his Sonic Highways HBO series, which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Foo Fighters by documenting the eight-city recording that had produced the latest album by the same name. The meeting was filmed back in May 2014 at Preservation Hall, which was mobbed for the occasion by fans seeking an opportunity to see the musicians play together.

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