Coming to theatres today, Friday, February 15:
A TUBA TO CUBA
TG Herrington and Danny Clinch
New Orleans, Tallgrass
New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band travels to Cuba.
Herrington and Clinch’s film follows Ben Jaffe, whose parents, Sandra and Allan, founded venue Preservation Hall in the French Quarter, as he fulfills their long-held but politically challenging dream of tracing the roots of New Orleans’ jazz back to Cuba. As a result, in addition to serving as a travelogue bridging cultures through music, the film also profiles the history of Preservation Hall and its band. Jaffe and his fellow bandmates reflect on their experiences in the newly-opened country after President Obama lifted the embargo, while Cuban musicians also offer their take when they’re not collaborating on songs via the universal language of music. Though best suited to fans of jazz, the film nevertheless has struck a chord with general audiences in its focus on cross-cultural exchange and lively energy.