Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sunday, July 16 | 4 p.m.
“…the band embodies a joyful, timeless spirit.”
Since 1961, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been promoting traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity and enthralling audiences worldwide. The ensemble derives its name from the venerable music venue located in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the band embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band and record label.
Many of the band’s charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early 20th century, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson. Today, Ben Jaffe is incorporating new blood into the touring band, bringing in some younger players with fresh musical ideas and to form collaborations with groups and musicians from outside the New Orleans tradition. In recent years, the Preservation Hall has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians, including My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Pete Seeger and the Del McCoury Bluegrass Band.
Their latest studio album “So It Is,” heavily influenced by the group’s 2015 trip to Cuba, was released this past April.
This performance is generously underwritten in part by John and Judy Graff.