THE FILENE CENTER
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
JUL 17 | 8 PM
At a moment when musical streams are crossing with unprecedented frequency, New Orleans has been a point throughout history 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 (PHJB), which has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for 60 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history it preserves is vibrantly living.
Although standards and traditional New Orleans jazz repertoire remain its core focus, the band has transformed into a lively cross-pollinated ambassador for the city, exploring original compositions and Afro-Cuban rhythms, while collaborating with artists beyond the jazz spectrum.
The septet began charting a new path with the release of That’s It! (2013), their first album of original material. PHJB carried the tradition of New Orleans music forward in their second release featuring original music, So It Is (2017). So It Is found the classic PHJB sound invigorated by a number of fresh influences; not least among them was the band’s life-changing trip to Cuba, a locale integral to the evolution of jazz and New Orleans culture. PHJB’s extensive journey in Cuba led to their most recent album, A Tuba to Cuba (2019). A Tuba to Cuba is as much a soundtrack to the band’s critically acclaimed 2019 documentary as it is a collection of songs they wrote and recorded during and after filming.
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THANK YOU TO
Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2021 Season Underwriters