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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Tickets ($170)


10:00 PM
Welcome with Drinks and Late Night Bites
B-Side Restaurant

Guests are welcomed into B-Side Restaurant with full premium bar and Cuban inspired late night fare to await Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s kick off to the After Party!

10:30 PM
Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ Corinne Bailey Rae
Robert N. Miner Auditorium

Jesús Díaz y su QBA
Joe Henderson Lab

Continuous Open Bar, Late Night Bites, and Lounge Areas
Grand Lobby + Fisher Family Lobby

Enjoy raucous performances and dancing throughout SFJAZZ Center with premium open bar and overflowing late night fare from neighborhood spots.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) is a quintessential New Orleans institution that embodies the tradition of Crescent City music and its joie de vivre. Founded in the early 1960s by tuba player Allan Jaffe, the PHJB instantly attracted players linked to the glory days of the 1920s. The band has since performed all the world, sharing the raucous, soulful sound of traditional New Orleans jazz. After the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a rock upon which New Orleans has been building itself anew. Even as the floodwaters retreated, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band persevered in its mission, touring around the nation, sharing the raucous, soulful sound of traditional New Orleans jazz.

Now run by Jaffe’s son, tuba player Ben Jaffe, the group features a multigenerational wealth of New Orleans talent, including veteran saxophonist Charlie Gabriel, versatile singer and instrumentalist Clint Maedgen, and trombonist Ronell Johnson, who joined the band in 2012. In its performances, the band easily hops from era to era. It could work like a rhythm-and-blues horn section or a tightly arranged little big band if need be, but it could also switch back into the polyphonic glories of vintage New Orleans jazz, in which nearly every instrument seems to improvise around the tune at the same time.

PHJB's new release, So It Is, celebrates the contributions of new members Walter Harris, Branden Lewis and Kyle Roussel and was inspired by the vitality and reinvigorated spirit of their hometown after the ravages of Katrina. The album taps 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.

Corinne Bailey Rae: The soulful British singer and songwriter became a star when her eponymous 2006 album debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. She won a 2008 Album of the Year GRAMMY for her contribution to Herbie Hancock’s 'River: The Joni Letters' and a 2012 win for Best R&B Performance.

Jesús Díaz y su QBA: Cuban born, Bay Area based percussionist and singer Díaz is among the most versatile and accomplished artists on the world music scene, performing with Stevie Wonder, the Dave Matthews Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Omar Sosa, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, and more. His powerhouse 10-piece dance group QBA, which specializes in the hard-grooving Havana style known as timba.

The past and promise of American music...
— The Rolling Stone
America’s best traditional jazz band...
— All About Jazz
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