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New Orleans legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs Ben Jaffe and Tao Rodríguez-Seeger’s Afro-Cuban inspired composition “La Malanga” from the 2017 album “So It Is” during its November 19, 2021 performance at the SFJAZZ Center, broadcast on Fridays Live.
“The past and promise of American music” (Rolling Stone), Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a true New Orleans institution that defines the tradition of Crescent City music. They return following their 2019 Summer Sessions performance devoted to their Cuban travelogue A Tuba to Cuba with this historic celebration of their 60th Anniversary.
Founded in 1961 by tuba player Allan Jaffe, the PHJB was formed to preserve the city’s priceless musical heritage and give their veteran musicians a place to play, and it instantly attracted players linked to the glory days of the 1920s.
Now run by Jaffe’s son, tuba player Ben Jaffe, the group features a wealth of New Orleans talent, including versatile singer and instrumentalist Clint Maedgen, pianist Kyle Roussel, and trombonist Ronell Johnson, who joined the band in 2012. Under Jaffe's direction, the band has remained timelessly relevant, recording and sharing the stage with the likes of Allen Toussaint, the Foo Fighters, Tom Waits, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Dr. John, My Morning Jacket, Beck, and others.
For their tireless work in performance, promotion, and preservation of New Orleans music and their commitment to education initiatives, we honored Preservation Hall with the Lifetime Achievement Award at SFJAZZ Gala 2018.