HARRIS CENTER PRESENTS
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
Mon, Aug 5, 2019; 7:30 pm
Tue, Aug 6, 2019; 7:30 pm
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band 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.
Their 2017 release So It Is taps into a sonic continuum that stretches back to New Orlean’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 Preservation Hall Jazz Band 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.
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.
Watch for announcement of a free screening of the award winning documentary film A Tuba to Cuba about the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 2015 visit to Cuba.
$28-$48; Premium $52
Children, Students with ID 50% Discount in Zones 2-5
Two 50 minute sets with 20 minute intermission