Live Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

photo by Bebe Besch (view set)

It’s hard to believe that That’s It!, the new album by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is their first record of all new material, not just because they’ve had a prolific 50 year history already, but also because the songs fit so seamlessly into the rest of the New Orleans traditionalists’ catalog. Band director Ben Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, produced the album with help from My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, who originally encouraged the band to explore their own compositions. Like the long history of New Orleans itself, it’s new meets old on That’s It! as Jaffe and the rest of the band, many of whom are also the direct progeny of older musical greats, blend the sounds and styles of the past with more contemporary jazz influences. You’ll get the whole storied past of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they talk to KEXP’s Greg Vandy live in The Roadhouse. Watch the videos here:

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