A TUBA TO CUBA follows New Orleans' famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba and in turn discover a connection that runs much deeper than could have been imagined.
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A TUBA TO CUBA follows New Orleans' famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba. Along the way, they discover a deep cultural connection that transcends language, politics, color and creed. Join the band as they traverse post-embargo Cuba in search of the indigenous beats and rhythms that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. Dark, shared histories of slavery reveal an indelible cultural connection rooted in the hearts and minds of ancestors past. Encounters with some of Cuba's most iconic musicians give rise to both spontaneous and soulful collaborations. Living rooms, back alleys and cobbled stone streets soon bear witness to the connective power of music. Geopolitical divisions melt even further as the band encounters the struggles and hardships of their own city reflected in the streets of Cuba. It is as if they are one place and one people, born to combat despair, oppression, and poverty with ingenuity, humor...Written by
2017 NLF Productions
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Written by Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel
Performed by Preservation Hall Jazz Band See more »
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A TUBA TO CUBA
Jazz -- what is it; what are it's roots and history? After seeing TUBA TO CUBA, I am an enraptured student of jazz and look forward to delving deeper into the depth and breadth of it.
This is a beautiful, uplifting film to sit back and soak in. It's filled with some of the best music one might even wish to hear, along with culture, history, and relationships born from an exaulted creative place, beyond words. The roots of jazz can be traced back to African-American roots in 1835 when slaves would gather in Conga Square, New Orleans, to play music and dance on Sundays. In a city with an eclectic mix of immigrants from Haiti, Spain, African, France, Britian, and more, jazz continued to develop and flourish.
In the early 1960's, Larry Borenstein asked Sandra and Allan Jaffe, a tuba player from Philadelphia, if they wanted to manage Preservation Hall, a traditional jazz music venue in the French Quarter of New Orleans. They did. The Jaffes hired elderly jazz legends, many who were struggling with poverty, racism, and illness and had no place to play or make a living.
A TUBA TO CUBA documents the journey of the Jaffe's son, Ben, (now the leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band), as he and his bandmates travel to Cuba in search of the music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. The American jazz musicans jam with Cuban musicians in several locations, and discover distinct, captivating sounds, and a unique, rich history in each locale. They are humbled, awed, and inspired, and as a viewer, I was too.
As Charlie Gabriel says, "Musical conversation cancels out complication."
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