Flip Out at Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Creole Christmas Show
Published: December 11, 2013
The song’s music video emphasizes the song’s danceability, too. A group of Los Angeles-based breakdancers approached Jaffe about the choreography, and he was all for it.
“They reached out to us and got their hands on the track through a competition we posted online,” he says. “They realized something that I’ve always known—that what we play is hip-hop. It’s rock ’n’ roll. That’s what Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver were doing. A hundred years ago, they were like Nas, Kanye and Jay-Z. If you had to identify those guys, they were hip-hop, rock ’n’ roll superstars. I know that once people are exposed to [our music] and hear it, they flip out. When I saw these young dancers who don’t listen to jazz at all getting into the music, that’s amazing to me.”
Co-produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, That’s It! is a bit funkier too.
“[James] brought a whole new sense of fidelity to the way we usually record the band,” says Jaffe. “He was able to bring his ears and knowledge of recording into our world. That was amazing. We had never made such a high fidelity recording of the band.”
So what exactly is it about Preservation Hall’s music that is so appealing?
“There’s something universal about it,” Jaffe says. “We were just in Korea. Our clarinet player is 81. We were playing for 30,000 kids at a festival who were literally going apeshit for us. He said, ‘It’s not different than when I was a kid. They’re having a good time and out in the fresh air, dancing and singing.’”
“It was so encouraging and refreshing,” he continues. “You know how different the United States can be, even from county to county. Our music is somehow above that. That’s something I learned. These musicians aren’t political people. But they taught me that you impact the world and you don’t let the world impact you.”