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Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sunday JULY 28, 2019
At a moment when musical streams are crossing with unprecedented frequency, it’s crucial to remember that throughout its history, New Orleans has been the point at which sounds and cultures from around the world converge, mingle, and resurface, transformed by the Crescent City’s inimitable spirit and joie de vivre. Nowhere is that idea more vividly embodied than in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history.
PHJB marches that tradition forward once again on So It Is, the septet’s second release featuring all-new original music. The album redefines what New Orleans music means in 2017 by tapping into a sonic continuum that stretches back to the city’s Afro-Cuban roots, through its common ancestry with the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Fire Music of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane, and forward to cutting-edge artists with whom the PHJB have shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport, including legends like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead and modern giants like My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys.
BEN JAFFE - Bass, Tuba
CHARLIE GABRIEL - Saxophone, Clarinet
CLINT MAEDGEN - Saxophone
RONELL JOHNSON - Trombone
WALTER HARRIS - Drums
KYLE ROUSSEL - Piano
BRANDEN LEWIS - Trumpet
Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of the band to Preservation Hall Foundation to support their Workshops, Masterclasses, and Open Soundchecks program. These programs connect students from across the U.S. with musicians from Preservation Hall to support their growth in Jazz. From workshops and masterclasses in schools to free Open Soundchecks when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the road, these experiences are crucial in providing students with a direct connect with master jazz practitioners.
Quote from Preservation Hall Jazz Band
A special thanks to the Newport Festivals Foundation for supporting the Preservation Hall Foundation, who we do work with in New Orleans and across the U.S. We are excited to be able to connect with even more students thanks to their support.
Quote from Ashley Shabankareh, M. M. Director of Programs
We are so appreciative of the support from the Newport Festivals Foundation. Thanks to their generosity, we'll be able to provide more workshops, masterclasses and open soundchecks in New Orleans and across the US when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the road.