Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Lunch is prepared at El Paraiso, an organic farm and family-run restaurant in Viñales, Cuba.
Poppy Tooker

As the diplomatic thaw between the United States and Cuba continues, new opportunities for Americans to visit Cuba are opening all kinds of doors. In an incredible stroke of luck, Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker had the opportunity to join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on their landmark visit to Cuba for the Havana Jazz Festival. On this week's show, Poppy shares an audio travelogue from her week-long trip in the Rome of the Caribbean.

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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Giants of traditional jazz played here; hell, they still play here: tucked behind walls with a patina worthy of the temple Preservation Hall has been through the years. 

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There's a magnificent design to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's new album. The 11 songs hang together so well that, like the most flattering gowns, they seem to be cut on the bias.

This week on Inside the Arts we'll take a stroll as Art for Arts' Sake kicks off a citywide celebration of the visual arts, talk with Emmy Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard, and hear how the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is continuing its 50-year legacy.