The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has announced plans to tour with My Morning Jacket for nine Southeastern U.S. dates, beginning in April. The band collaborated with MMJ frontman Jim James, less than a year ago, for a performance in New Orleans' French quarter. Two cuts from that night made it onto the forthcoming benefit album from the band, which is featured on the latest All Songs Considered.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Credit: Shannon Brinkman)
The members of the historic jazz band are longtime fans of Jim James. After their concert with him last spring, PHJB leader Ben Jaffe said in a band press release that "I couldn't have imagined Jim fitting in any better with the guys at Preservation Hall... [he's] like our long lost cousin coming home for the first time." The PHJB worked with dozens of artists during the past five years to create the album, including Del McCoury, Jason Isbell and Pete Seger. It'll be released on Feb. 16. and proceeds will go to Preservation Hall's outreach and education program for children.
For Jaffe, Preservation Hall is a family affair. His parents founded the venue in 1961 as a haven for the protection and preservation of New Orleans music. The band has toured for close to fifty years, producing a number of well-known jazz artists. Preservation Hall fell on hard times in 2005, with the economic downturn that came following Hurricane Katrina, and closed its doors for several months. You can catch the Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform twice a day in New Orleans, or try to make it to one of their dates with My Morning Jacket this Spring:
Apr. 20: Birmingham, AL (Alabama Theater)
Apr. 21: Nashville, TN (Municipal Auditorium)
Apr. 23: Atlanta, GA (Chastain Park)
Apr. 24: New Orleans, LA (Jazzfest)
Apr. 27: St. Augustine, FL (St. Augustine Amphitheater)
Apr. 28: Charleston, SC (Family Circle)
Apr. 30: Raleigh, NC (Koka Booth)
May 1: Columbia, MD (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
May 2: Columbus, OH (LC Outdoor Pavilion)