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Though the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been performing and recording since 1963, That's It! is their first album of entirely original material. Although it may seem counterintuitive for an ensemble devoted to maintaining the original spirit of New Orleans jazz to present all-new songs, co-producers Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Ben Jaffe suffuse these tracks with an authentically vintage aesthetic that's enriched with the city's rich musical heritage. The style is raw and soulful, from the trumpet-blaring fanfare of the title track to the growling gospel of "Dear Lord (Give Me the Strength)." Still, despite all the brassy bombast, the album's most sublime moment comes with the haunting piano solo "Emmalena's Lullaby."


Formed: 1961 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although New Orleans' traditional jazz scene had many top players in the 1950s, there was no principal venue for the city's veteran greats to play. In 1961, local art dealer Larry Borenstein opened a building in the French Quarter called Preservation Hall. The young tuba player Allan Jaffe ran the hall and organized tours for the musicians who often performed there, naming the band the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In the early days, the key musicians included, at various times, trumpeters Kid Thomas...
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