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Preservation Hall Jazz Band 

When: Sat., June 21, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $30-$40
When Allan Jaffe and his wife Sandra moved from Pennsylvania to New Orleans in the early ’60s, they didn’t initially come for the music. But they ended up staying for the music after they took over a small, dingy art gallery in the French Quarter and turned it into Preservation Hall, a 100-seat concert venue that became the home of many a New Orleans-style jazz jam session and yielded the touring band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The venue is still a hot spot in the city known for live music and the band is still a hot act. Ben Jaffe, son of the late Allan Jaffe, currently leads the group, and he spent some serious time hanging out at Preservation Hall while growing up, so he’s plenty capable of keeping the legacy alive. The band’s new album, That’s It!, is another stellar effort. The title track signifies just how well the band can groove. While tubas provide the booming bass riff that drives the song, blaring horns make it really swing. The song sounds something like the New Orleans equivalent of the Fleetwood Mac tune “Tusk,” a track that paired that group with the Southern California University marching band. Expect that energy to come across loud and clear at tonight’s show. (Niesel)


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