Fri 11/1 @ 8PM
For almost 60 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been keeping traditional New Orleans-style jazz alive, both at its tourist-attracting home in the French Quarter and on national and international tours. Founded in 1961 by tuba player Allan Jaffe and his wife Sandra after they moved to New Orleans that year, the ensemble is currently led by their son Ben, also a tuba player.
In 2015, it made its first trip to Cuba, the basis of the documentary film A Tuba to Cuba, also the name of the soundtrack album released in June. It features both songs in the film and new songs inspired by the film and the trip, where the ensemble explored the contributions made to New Orleans jazz by Cuban music.
They’re performing some of these songs on their current tour, which features a special guest, Cuban singer/vocalist/guitarist/bassist Yusa. The tour touches down this week at the Kent Stage to perform a tribute to Cuba. Tickets are $30-$50.