Preservation Hall Jazz Band To Appear on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’
With Mardi Gras celebrations in the rearview mirror, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 25–May 5) on the horizon, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has announced it will appear on “CBS Sunday Morning” on March 9.
The TV segment will focus on the history of Preservation Hall, the band’s eponymous concert venue and home base, at 726 St. Peter St. in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Preservation Hall was established in 1961 by Allan Jaffe (1935–’87), who carried on the artist-friendly ethos of the space’s previous proprietor, Larry Borenstein, who operated an art gallery that hosted jam sessions for jazz musicians. Throughout the ’60s, traditional-jazz legends like clarinetist George Lewis (1900–’68) and pianist-vocalist Sweet Emma Barrett (1897–1983) performed at the Hall.
The CBS segment will also highlight the future of New Orleans jazz, and will feature three generations of Jaffes, including Allan’s son, Ben Jaffe, Preservation Hall’s current bandleader; Ben’s mother, Sandy Jaffe; and Ben’s 19-month-old daughter, Emma.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band released That’s It! (Sony/Legacy) in 2013. The album, which was produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, was named one of DownBeat’s Best CDs of 2013. “The album reflects key elements of the music’s history: dance and parade rhythms, church theme, humor, theatricality and a strong sense of place,” wrote New Orleans-based DownBeat contributor Jennifer Odell, in a 5-star review of the CD. “But the brilliance of That’s It lies in the varied innovations that marry past to present.”
In addition to its performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 27, the group has announced additional spring tour dates, including stops in Nashville, Tenn., at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (March 30), and Salt Lake City at JazzSLC at the Capitol Theatre (April 14).
“CBS Sunday Morning” will air on March 9, at 9 a.m. Eastern.