Boyfriend, the Nashville-born singer and performance artist, collaborated with world-renowned jazz ensemble Preservation Hall Jazz Band to release “Jealousy,” a new track co-produced by Ben Jaffe and Boyfriend.
Boyfriend, who used New Orleans to craft her “rap cabaret” persona, has often defied strict categorization, blending many different styles to harness something entirely her own. “I really chafe against terms of genre because I forget to think that way,” said Boyfriend, in an interview with OffBeat for the Feb. 2019 issue. “I just think ‘great song, great art, great writing, great musician.’ And then I don’t think it’s necessarily served me to be categorized as a rapper. I never take sonic cues. I think part of that’s because I’m not a real musician. It’s so hard for me to talk about music. I don’t play an instrument. I’m just drawn to the story. And [rapping] was the way that I could tell the story.”
“Making music together, collaborating, getting to see inside one’s process,” said Jaffe, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band director, tuba player and double bass player. “That’s where the magic is…this was a moment we got to make music with someone we’ve known for awhile and have performed alongside AND respect…it’s always inspiring to make music with people surfing the same energy vibration.”
“Jealousy” features Jaffe on sousaphone and double bass, Walter Harris on percussion, Clint Maedgen on saxophone, Ronell Johnson on trombone, Branden Lewis on trumpet, Charlie Gabriel on clarinet and Kyle Roussel on piano.
The new single’s release coincides with Boyfriend’s fourth presentation of Hag, a three-act musical, often described as Rocky Horror meets Moulin Rouge. This year’s production will take place at the Preservation Hall venue (726 S. Peters St.), and it will also feature performances from Kitten N Lou–the famous burlesque duo–and Preservation Hall’s David L. Harris playing the trombone. Hag is set for Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, click here.
“Any opportunity to perform inside of The Hall or with the band is a sacred right of passage,” said Boyfriend, ecstatic about “Jealous” and Hag. “I’m honored to get to create with such an esteemed group of people and important institution.”