By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Iconic New Orleans band set to release new album this week
New Orleans has one of the richest musical histories of any city in the United States and very few acts embody that heritage more completely than the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The band swings through Portland Tuesday night with a stop at the Aladdin Theater in support of their latest album, "So It Is", set for release on Friday.
Founded in 1961, PHJB has been the standard bearer for NOLA jazz for over 50 years, serving as both stewards and ambassadors for the city's rich musical heritage. Recently, however, the band has expanded into new territory. In 2013, PHJB released "That's It!", their first album of original compositions.
"So It Is" is similarly filled with original material, weaving together traditional NOLA jazz sounds with newer influences that push the band forward. The album stays true to PHJB's roots while simultaneously allowing the band's sound to grow, reflecting contemporary directions in NOLA music.
ON TOUR: Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Aladdin Theater in Portland Tuesday, Apr. 18. Doors are at 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM. Tickets are still available.