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.