Jim James to Produce Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Next Album
Rolling Stone has officially confirmed the longstanding rumor that Jim James will produce Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s next studio album, That’s It!. The album—the group’s first of original material since forming over 50 years ago—will be out July 9 via Legacy Recordings. James has remained close with the New Orleans institution since he appeared on their 2010 album Preservation. Since that studio collaboration, My Morning Jacket has taken Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the road, and James has joined the band onstage numerous times.
In a recent Jambands.com interview, Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe said he waited for the group’s last surviving original member to leave before he introduced new covers, let alone original material into the band’s live set. “We were there to support Narvin Kimball,” Jaffe says. “He was the senior member and the last living original member of the Preservation Hall Band. We were there to support him and allow him to tell us what direction the band should go in. But it was very, very rare that we ever even introduced a new old number. Probably the first thing I did that seemed a little bit curated was a record called In the Sweet Bye & Bye, which was an album of spirituals and hymns. I did that. I think we actually recorded that in ’94 or ’95.”
James and members of Preservation Hall Jazz Band will collaborate during the Bonnaroo SuperJam this June.