Preservation Hall Jazz Band

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 at 7:00PM

VENUE Matthews Theater


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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, which 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.


PHJB marches that tradition forward once again on So It Is, the septet’s second release featuring all-new original music. The album redefines what New Orleans music means today by tapping into a sonic continuum that stretches back to the city’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 PHJB 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.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band:


BEN JAFFE – Bass (upright), Tuba, Percussion

CLINT MAEDGEN – Saxophone (tenor), Percussion


WALTER HARRIS – Drums, Percussion

KYLE ROUSSEL – Piano, Wurlitzer, Organ





This event is part of the McCarter Gala 2023


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