Preservation Hall Jazz Band Announces New Album Out June 28 via Sub Pop + New Song + Tour Dates

Preservation Hall Jazz Band has announced the release of their new album A Tuba To Cuba, the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed documentary directed by T.G. Herringtonand Danny Clinch, out June 28, 2019 via Sub Pop. Today, they have released the track “Keep Your Head Up” from the album. Listen and share “Keep Your Head Up” here and pre-order A Tuba to Cuba here.

“We are so proud and honored to share a project we’ve poured so much of ourselves into,”says Ben Jaffe. “The impact visiting Cuba had on us will live with us both individually and as a band forever. We’re still absorbing everything we experienced.”

“We went to Cuba in prayer position,” says Preservation Hall band leader and bass player Ben Jaffe when he speaks of the pilgrimage he and the group took to Cuba in December 2015. “We went to receive an offer at the same time. We had never experienced a moment like this, it felt as though all roads were intersecting at once.” The critically acclaimed 2019 documentary A Tuba to Cuba documented the band’s journey as they explored the links that connect New Orleans and Cuba so indelibly — their shared, tragic history as destinations where enslaved Africans struggled to simply survive, and their current status as places where the cultural inheritance from those ancestors is kept alive in both song and deed — but that was only half the story. This collection of songs, a musical account of a generations-in-the-making reunion of musical families separated by time, politics, and distance, tells the other half.

When asked to describe the collection of songs assembled on Tuba to Cuba, Jaffe sums it up by saying, “It’s like listening to the radio.”  And yes, A Tuba to Cuba actually feels less like an ordinary soundtrack and more like a living document, a recording of a broadcast that’s been waiting to exist, a modern version of the static-y radio signals that were broadcast between America to the Caribbean in the early and mid-20th century, sending the sounds of jazz and mambo and R&B and more back and forth across the vast divides of water and culture and politics. It’s a story, this album, and the tale being told mirrors the band’s experience.

The resulting collection of songs is what Jaffe describes as “a beautiful conversation.” The music of A Tuba to Cuba is an ecstatic expression of that ongoing conversation, a restless and lush trip up and down strange FM wavelengths bridging thousands of miles and hundreds of years, where all involved are talking with each other and over each other in excitement, charged with the thrill of recognition of the evidence of their shared familial roots, an undeniable kinship rooted in bloodlines, rhythm, and melody.

Tour Dates:

Jul. 05 – Elkhorn, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre*

Jul. 06 – Elkhorn, WI –  Alpine Valley Music Theatre*

Jul. 28 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

Aug. 02 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon

Aug. 03 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon

Aug. 05 – Folsom, CA – Harris Center For The Arts

Aug. 06 – Folsom, CA – Harris Center For The Arts

Aug. 08 – San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ

Aug. 09  – San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ

Aug. 10 – San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ (7:00PM)

Aug. 10 – San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ (9:30PM)

Aug. 11 – San Francisco, CA – SF Jazz Center – Miner Auditorium

Aug. 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Old Pool Farm

Aug. 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Old Pool Farm

Aug. 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Old Pool Farm

Aug. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Old Pool Farm

Aug. 24 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’ Music Festival

Sep. 20 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival

Sep. 21 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music Festival

Sep. 22 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music Festival

Oct 22 – Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse

Oct 23 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre

Oct 24 – New York, NY – Town Hall Theatre

Oct 25 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center

Oct 26 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall

Oct 28 – Montreal, QC – Place des Arts – Theatre

Oct 29 – Toronto, ON – Roy Thomson Hall

Oct 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theatre

Nov 01 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage

Nov 02 – Goshen, IN – Goshen College Music Center

Nov 04 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

Nov 05 – Saint Paul, MN – Fitzgerald Theatre

Nov 07 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

Nov 09 – Phoenix, AZ – Music Theater at the Musical Instrument Museum

Nov 11 – Livermore, CA – Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Nov 13 – Chico, CA – California State University Chico – Laxson Auditorium

Nov 15 – Santa Rosa, CA – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Nov 16 – Arcata, CA – John Van Duzer Theatre

Nov 17 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

Nov 18 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall – Taper Auditorium

Nov 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre

Nov 21 – Santa Barbara, CA – UCSB Campbell Hall

Nov 22 – San Diego, CA – Wonderfront Music Festival

Nov 23 – Cerritos, CA – Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 29 – Baltimore, MD – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Nov. 30 – Baltimore, MD – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Dec. 01 – Baltimore, MD – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

*with Dave Matthews Band

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