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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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

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.

Charlie Gabriel
saxophone & clarinet
Clint Maedgen saxophone
Branden Lewis trumpet
Ronnel Johnson trombone
Kyle Roussel piano
Ben Jaffe bass & tuba
Walter Harris drums
Eme Alfonso vocalist

The past and promise of American music...
— The Rolling Stone
America’s best traditional jazz band...
— All About Jazz
Earlier Event: August 9
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Later Event: August 11
Preservation Hall Jazz Band