UP FROM THE STREETS ®: NEW ORLEANS: THE CITY OF MUSIC
EXEC. PRODUCER TERENCE BLANCHARD, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR MICHAEL MURPHY, AND BEN JAFFE OF PRESERVATION HALL CONDUCT A SPECIAL Q&A ~TUESDAY, MAY 26 AT 9:00PM EST / 6:00PM PST~ FILM OUT NOW AS A VIRTUAL CINEMA RELEASE – TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
New York, NY (May 21, 2020)– On Tuesday, May 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present a second live video Q&A discussing the critically acclaimed documentary film Up From The Streets ®: New Orleans: The City of Music at 9:00PM EST / 6:00PM PST. The event will be available here.
Participating in this discussion will be:
Terence Blanchard (host / executive producer, Oscar-nominated, six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpet player / composer)
Michael Murphy (producer / director / documentary filmmaker)
Ben Jaffe (Creative Director of Preservation Hall & Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
Additionally, Eagle Rock Entertainment has just released this new clip from Up From The Streets of Ben Jaffe commenting on the music of New Orleans: https://youtu.be/Lnwp6YLgi6M
Available now as a virtual cinema release, Up From The Streets chronicles the historical context and musical roots of New Orleans. Since its release, the film has garnered a wealth of rave reviews, including The Boston Globe (“…a fine primer on the Crescent City and its impact on the sound of the 20th century [the 21st, too]”), The Chicago Tribune (“There’s undeniable pleasure in beholding so much New Orleans music-making and analysis of how and why it came to be.”), and The Austin Chronicle (“The chaotic joy of a brass band strolling down a French Quarter street, attracting people of all stripes to come together and celebrate life, if only for a while.”) Blanchard and Murphy previously recorded a Q&A on May 16, which was so successful, that they are now doing this second session with Ben Jaffe. Fans who are interested in tuning in, who haven’t yet seen the film, can purchase virtual cinema tickets here, allowing them to enjoy the film at home while supporting their local cinema.
Fan who want to experience the music discussed in Up From The Streets can check out this recently released Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0do9p70bzttsXQijKcYdbf?si=dQ88d801Q56pNT-TzSlnUg
About Ben Jaffe
Ben Jaffe is the creative director of Preservation Hall and plays tuba and double bass with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He serves as Creative Director for both PHJB and the Hall itself.
He is the son of Preservation Hall’s founders Allan Jaffe and Sandra Jaffe. Jaffe grew up in New Orleans’ French Quarter, two blocks from Preservation Hall. His father, Allan, in addition to managing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Preservation Hall, played tuba with the band as well. From birth, Ben was brought on tour with the band during their international tours. Ben’s early musical memories are marching alongside his father in Mardi Gras Parades and jazz funeral processions. He began playing in grammar school at McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts in the French Quarter. During high school at NOCCA, he studied upright bass under Walter Payton. After high school, Ben attended Oberlin College where he received a degree in bass performance in 1992.
Following his graduation, Ben returned to New Orleans, resumed his father’s position as manager of the Preservation Hall venue and joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on tour playing bass. Benjamin produced a number of albums for the Preservation Hall band, and most recently co-produced the band’s first album of original compositions “That’s It,” alongside My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James.
Benjamin serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Preservation Hall Foundation, the charitable non-profit that serves the mission to “protect, preserve and perpetuate New Orleans jazz music and culture.” About Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard is a six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, composer and music educator who in 2019 received an Oscar nomination for best original score for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present – and was recently named the first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Blanchard’s opera, Fire Shut Up In My Bones, is the first opera by an African American composer to be presented by the Metropolitan Opera House of New York City (2021-2022 season).
A veteran of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Blanchard is a musical polymath who launched his solo career as a bandleader in the 1990’s. Since then he has released 20 solo albums, composed more than 60 film scores, and received 10 major commissions. Among these works are two critically-acclaimed operas in jazz commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis – Champion – which debuted in 2013, as well as the recently premiered Fire Shut Up In My Bones, based on the memoir by Charles Blow (Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times). Blanchard has also composed work for Broadway revivals, plays, dance performances, and for national orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. About Michael Murphy
New Orleanian Michael Murphy is an award-winning visual storyteller, producer and director with over 30 years of film, video and digital media experience. Michael has served as President of House of Blues Productions in charge of all television & radio programming. He also managed video production & custom branded content for MSN.
He produced and directed the critically acclaimed & award-winning feature film documentary “Make It Funky”, released by Sony Pictures late summer of 2005. The film was used to raise funds to support the city’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Another documentary, “Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist With A Camera,” was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2009 New Orleans Film Festival.
Michael has won numerous Telly Awards for his television and web based series. He filmed the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for 25 years, in addition to the Newport Jazz Festival, Sasquatch Festival and other live music events. In 2018 Michael was a producer on the Smithsonian Folkways New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 50th Anniversary boxed set. Michael graduated from Loyola University with a B.A in Communications, majoring in Broadcast Production.