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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Ben Jaffe

Creative Director, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Hall

As son of co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, Ben has lived his whole life with the rhythm of the French Quarter pulsing through his veins. Raised in the company of New Orleans’ greatest musicians, Ben returned from his collegiate education at Oberlin College in Ohio to play with the group and assume his father’s duties as Director of Preservation Hall. Today he serves as Creative Director for both PHJB and the Hall itself, where he has spearheaded such programs as the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund. In light of Covid, the Preservation Hall Foundation has focused its attention on the safety and well-being of its 60-member musical collective and ensuring they receive support until Preservation Hall can once again safely open its doors.

NIVA Presents Independent Venues: Heritage & Heartbeat

In big cities and small towns alike, independent music venues are central to the cultural fabric of our communities: places for like-minded folks to gather, exchange ideas, share art, support one another, and lock the stresses of everyday life outside for a few hours. As a global pandemic has temporarily shuttered these artistic hubs, our collective tension shows us that we miss them even more than we thought we might, absolutely proving their place as an integral part of our lives. Join venue owners and others as they share their stories and discuss the impact of their gathering places on our communities.