Plymouth, N.H. –The Silver Series for the Performing Arts at Plymouth State University will present the iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Friday, October 28. The legends of jazz will perform in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Ben Ratliff, writing for the New York Times said, “Even before Hurricane Katrina the Preservation Hall Jazz Band had been reviving. Now, touring heavily, making new records and collaborations … the band has become worth another hearing.”
The Band’s collaborations with the likes of Del McCoury, Tom Waits, Ani Defranco and Paolo Nutini demonstrate that jazz standards can be as progressive as any other musical form. Recruiting younger players and expanding its repertoire, the PHJB has modernized its approach while keeping the old-time faith; hiring musicians whose strong links to the pioneers of jazz assure the music’s authenticity. This combination makes for a multigenerational mix with appeal to a range of musical constituencies.
PHJB derives it name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the band’s music embodies a joyful timeless spirit. Ben Jaffe, son of band founders Alan and Sandra Jaffe and the current director of PHJB says, “If people don’t walk out with a smile on their faces, we haven’t done our job. Our music is to inspire joy.”
Band members are Ben Jaffee, creative director and tuba; Mark Braud, trumpet and vocals; Charlie Gabriel, clarinet and vocals; Clint Maedgen, saxophone and vocals; Joe Lastie Jr., drums; Freddie Lonzo, trombone and vocals and Rickie Monie, piano.
“They don’t venture into the recording studio often … but when they do, they make it count,” according to Jeff Giles at Pop Dose. “For proof, look no further than Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall, [their latest release] an album whose matter-of-fact title doesn’t even hint at the many treasures it holds in store. …Andrew Bird joins in for “Shake It and Break It,” Tom Waits lends his distinctive growl to “Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing,” Jim James (as Yim Yames) shows up for “Louisiana Fairytale,” and Del McCoury stops by for “After You’ve Gone.” And that’s just within the first five tracks — before the album’s finished, you’ll also hear from Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Merle Haggard, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr. John, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, and more,” Giles said.
Tickets for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performance at the Silver Center are $35-25 for adults, $33-23 for seniors and $25-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu. Convenience fees apply.
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