Courtesy of the Kent Stage
When Allan Jaffe and his wife Sandra moved from Pennsylvania to New Orleans in the early ’60s, they didn’t initially come for the music. But they ended up staying for the music after they took over a small, dingy art gallery in the French Quarter and turned it into Preservation Hall, a 100-seat concert venue that became the home of many a New Orleans-style jazz jam session and yielded the touring band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The venue is still a hot spot in the city known for live music and the band is still a hot act. Ben Jaffe, son of the late Allan Jaffe, currently leads the group.
Earlier today, the band announced dates for a new tour in support of the documentary film, A Tuba to Cuba
. The film follows the group as it retraces its musical roots from New Orleans to Cuba.
“A Tuba to Cuba
is as much a soundtrack to our documentary as it is a collection of songs that we wrote and recording during the filming and after its completion,” reads a press release announcing the tour dates. “The writing and recording of our previous release, So It Is
, began before our first trip to Cuba in 2015. We had no idea that it would become the album it would until we returned home from that first trip. The A Tuba To Cuba
soundtrack is comprised of a combination of songs that are both in the movie and new songs that aren’t in the film or couldn’t have been in the film because not until we were able to watch it ourselves, we were again inspired to put that spirit into new music. Our five years exploring the Cuba/NOLA history have been inspiring to say the least.”
The group comes to the Kent Stage
on Nov. 1. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday.
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