The jazz tradition is alive and well in New Orleans, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is there to make sure it stays that way. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which was formed in the '60s, is a performing and touring group, as well as an organization that works to help preserve and honor jazz traditions, one of which is a willingness to experiment with what is one of the most free forms of music. Preservation Hall Jazz Band recently followed through on that sense of collaboration and experimentation by working with Kentucky indie rockers My Morning Jacket.
The unlikely combination tackles the ever-evolving concepts of music and pushes what it can be to new heights. Photographer Danny Clinch, who has filmed everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Ani DiFranco to Pearl Jam, was there to capture it. Clinch’s documentary, Louisiana Fairytale, chronicles the PHJB/MMJ collaboration and was premiered at SXSW in March. It will be screening in a few select cities in the coming weeks and hopefully will eventually open in theaters across the country.
PHJB is currently on a U.S. tour and several stops include working with local dance company Trey McIntyre Project. They will perform together at the Eagle River Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 20.