Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents the album “A Tuba to Cuba” with a new song


Preservation Hall Jazz Band have revealed the release date of their A snorkel in Cuba album. The soundtrack to their documentary of the same name will be released on June 28 via Sub Pop.

In February, the group released the film directed by TG Herrington and Danny Clinch A snorkel in Cuba documentary, which recounts the group’s visit to Cuba. It followed bandleader Ben Jaffe as he worked to trace the connection between New Orleans jazz and native Cuban music, which was a dream of his late father, Preservation Hall founder Allan Jaffe.

“We went to Cuba in a prayer position,” Jaffe said in a statement about the group’s pilgrimage to Cuba in December 2015. “We went to receive an offer at the same time. We had never experienced such a moment, it was as if all roads crossed at the same time.

He described the songs of Snorkel in Cuba to be like “listening to the radio” and like “a nice conversation”. The sentiment is indicative of their latest spirited single, “Keep Your Head Up,” which captures the spirit of the music’s roots and how transmissions between two places thousands of miles apart share common ground.

“We are so proud and honored to share a project that we have been so invested in,” added Jaffe. “The impact our visit to Cuba had on us will live with us both individually and as a group forever. We are still absorbing all that we have experienced.

The 12-song soundtrack is available for pre-order. This summer, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be touring in support A Tuba for Cuba. They recently announced more North American tour dates starting in the fall. They kick off their fall ride Oct. 22 in Ridgefield, Connecticut at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

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Henry R. Wright