Bassist, Sousaphone player and creative director Ben Jaffe stood on stage at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center on Tuesday night, and introduced his bandmates one by one. They ambled out on stage individually, each adding their instrument to the musical mix.
“We’re gonna take you on a trip to a very special place…,” Jaffe told the sold-out crowd.
And if there was any doubt about where the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was coming from, they made it perfectly clear with their opening one-two salvo of “Basin Street Blues” and “Bourbon Street Parade,” name-checking two of the most famous avenues of New Orleans and indeed the jazz world.
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