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Preservation Hall Jazz Band are releasing their new album, ‘So It Is’, the septet’s second release featuring all-new original music, coming April 21 via Legacy Recordings. ‘So It Is’ finds the classic PHJB sound invigorated by a number of fresh influences, not least among them the band’s 2015 life-changing trip to Cuba.

“In Cuba, all of a sudden we were face to face with our musical counterparts,” says bandleader/composer/bassist Ben Jaffe. "There’s been a connection between Cuba and New Orleans since day one – we’re family. A gigantic light bulb went off and we realized that New Orleans music is not just a thing by itself; it’s part of something much bigger. It was almost like having a religious epiphany.”

Producer David Sitek, a founder of art rock innovators TV on the Radio who has helmed projects by Kelis, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Santigold among others, offered both a keen modern perspective and a profound respect for the band’s storied history. Upon arriving in New Orleans to meet with the band, Sitek recalls he and Jaffe accidentally stumbling into one of the city’s famed second-line parades. “I was struck by the visceral energy of the live music all around, this spontaneous joy, everything so immediate,” he says. “I knew I had to make sure that feeling came out of the studio. It needed to be alive. It needed to sound dangerous.”

The music on So It Is, penned largely by Jaffe and 84 year-old saxophonist Charlie Gabriel in collaboration with the entire PHJB, stirs together that variety of influences like classic New Orleans cuisine. Longtime members Jaffe, Gabriel, Clint Maedgen and Ronell Johnson have been joined over the past 18 months by Walter Harris, Branden Lewis and Kyle Roussel, and the new blood has hastened the journey into new musical territory. Inspired by that journey and reinvigorated by the post-Katrina rebuilding of their beloved home city, PHJB are redefining what New Orleans music means in 2017 by tapping 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.

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AccessPass: New Album

New Album
$10
10.00
Available

Digital download of “So it Is” delivered on street date, April 21, 2017.

Drum Head + Signed Vinyl Bundle

Drum Head + Signed Vinyl Bundle
$160
160.00
All gone!

features seven items:

  • Commemorative 12" Drum Head with Preservation Hall logo
  • Signed Vinyl
  • Canvas Tote
  • Embroidered Black Canvas Cap
  • T-Shirt (Choice of black or white)
  • Embroidered Classic Logo Patch
  • Digital Download

Gris Gris Signed Vinyl + CD Bundle

Gris Gris Signed Vinyl + CD Bundle
$105
105.00
All gone!

features six items:

  • Signed Vinyl
  • Embroidered Black Canvas Cap
  • Canvas Tote
  • CD
  • T-Shirt (Choice of back or white)
  • Embroidered Classic Logo Patch
  • Digital Download

Autographed Commemorative Tambourine (8")

Autographed Commemorative Tambourine (8")
$160
160.00
All gone!

Limited edition screen printed 8" tambourine. Produced New Orleans. Autographed by the band.

Signed Vinyl + T-Shirt + Patch Bundle

Signed Vinyl + T-Shirt + Patch Bundle
$65
65.00
All gone!

Signed “So It Is” vinyl, t-shirt (choice of black or white), and a fully embroidered Preservation Hall classic logo patch. Album download upon release also included.

Signed CD + T-Shirt + Patch Bundle

Signed CD + T-Shirt + Patch Bundle
$55
55.00
5 left

Signed “So It Is” CD, t-shirt (choice of black or white), and a fully embroidered Preservation Hall classic logo patch. Album download upon release also included.

King Cake - Fat Tuesday Deadline (2/28)

King Cake - Fat Tuesday Deadline (2/28)
$100
100.00
All gone!

Must order by MARDI GRAS (Feb 28)! Seasonal!
King cakes – a New Orleans tradition! A king cake will be delivered by the band’s favorite bakery, Sucre. You’ll also get a signed copy of “So It Is” on CD and an album download on release!

Signed Art Proofs

Signed Art Proofs
$75
75.00
All gone!

Before the album is manufactured, we’re sent art proofs to review. We’ll get ten extra copies printed to sign for you! Album download upon release also included.

Signed Commemorative Drum Head

Signed Commemorative Drum Head
$80
80.00
All gone!

A commemorative 12” drum head, printed with iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band logo, and signed by the band.

Signed & Numbered Poster

Signed & Numbered Poster
$55
55.00
1 left

Screen printed poster (18”x 24”) with an all new design, signed, numbered, and limited to 100. The design will be different than the album artwork. Printed on #100 Cover paper from the French Paper Company.

Embroidered Black Canvas Cap

Embroidered Black Canvas Cap
$25
25.00
All gone!

Embroidered black canvas cap with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Logo. Includes digital download of the new album.

Poster (Unsigned)

Poster (Unsigned)
$30
30.00
Available

Screen printed poster (11”x 17”) with an all new design. The design will be different than the album artwork -printed on #100 Cover paper from the French Paper Company.

T-Shirt

T-Shirt
$30
30.00
22 left

New album artwork t-shirt (choice of black or white), plus album download upon release!

Signed CD + Patch

Signed CD + Patch
$30
30.00
5 left

Signed “So It Is” CD, plus a fully embroidered Preservation Hall classic logo patch, Album download upon release also included.

Signed Vinyl + Patch

Signed Vinyl + Patch
$40
40.00
All gone!

Signed “So It Is” vinyl, plus a fully embroidered Preservation Hall classic logo patch. Album download upon release also included.

Signed & Numbered Test Pressing Vinyl

Signed & Numbered Test Pressing Vinyl
$150
150.00
3 left

PHJB will number and sign each test pressing. Only 50 will be manufacturer for the world. Album download upon release also included!

Two Song Sound Check - Jam with PHJB

Two Song Sound Check - Jam with PHJB
$450
450.00
8 left

A musical meet and greet with Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Jam with the band during sound check at a mutually agreed upon tour date. Includes two tickets to the show & the soundcheck jam.

Curated Tour of Preservation Hall and Library with Ben Jaffe

Curated Tour of Preservation Hall and Library with Ben Jaffe
$500
500.00
Available

90-minute tour for two. 20 guests maximum per tour. First Sunday of Jazz Fest, April 30th at 1pm. Second Friday of Jazz Fest May 5th at 1pm. Join Ben Jaffe, creative director of Preservation Hall. Discover the storied history of Preservation Hall. Cultural importance. Epicenter of jazz.

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