Preserving tradition of New Orleans jazz

December 3, 2014 5:52 PM

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Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to do what its name implies: keep alive the storied sound of traditional New Orleans jazz. Allan and Sandra Jaffe opened Preservation Hall in the French Quarter in 1961, and under the guidance of their son Benjamin Jaffe, it remains a thriving institution with scores of members who play both at home and on the road. Benjamin Jaffe says he still gets out to the French Quarter on Christmas Day to play, but before then the tuba and bass player will lead the Preservation Hall Jazz Band through "A Creole Christmas" at Jones Hall Friday.

Q: For singers, there's really only so much you can do with Christmas songs. Were you drawn to them because the band could do something different?

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