The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band as part of its SuperPops series on November 29 and 30 and December 1 at
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band as part of its SuperPops series on November 29 and 30 and December 1 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD.
Founded in the early 1960s by tuba player Allan Jaffe, Preservation Hall Jazz Band aims to preserve the history of New Orleans jazz while providing a fresh take on the popular genre through collaborations with cutting edge artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, the Grateful Dead, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys.
After Allan Jaffe’s passing in 1987, his son Ben Jaffe became the band’s artistic director, touring with the band and playing double bass and tuba. Fulfilling his late father’s dream of visiting Cuba to retrace their musical roots, the band’s documentary A Tuba to Cuba follows the band’s 2015 trip to Cuba in search of the indigenous music that inspired New Orleans jazz.
“I see [passing on the band’s traditions] as something that’s necessary for the evolution and survival of New Orleans music,” Jaffe says. “Interpreting the repertoire that’s been around for a hundred years is one thing, but the challenge is to keep that repertoire and those traditions alive while at the same time being honest about who you are as a musician, allowing all of your musical influences to be reflected in what you create.”
Recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2011 included performing at Carnegie Hall and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; becoming the first band to perform at both the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival; and releasing two new albums: Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Collection and St. Peter & 57th St., a recording of their Carnegie Hall performance.
Bringing together the sounds of Dixieland and the rhythm and soul of Cuban music, Preservation Hall Jazz Band has thoroughly established itself as one of the important, innovative bands of jazz music.
Please note the BSO is not performing on this program.
November 29 (Friday) - December 1 (Sunday)
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201