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Ben Jaffe

The son of Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, Ben was raised in and around Preservation Hall. Jaffe marched in his first Carnival parade at the age of nine alongside his father and parrain (godfather) Harold "Duke" Dejan. When he was thirteen, the lease on the building that housed the Hall was up for renewal. His father sat the family down and asked Ben whether they should continue. By 1984, many of the original musicians who had played at the Hall in its early days had passed away, yet the soul of the Hall remained the same. The young Jaffe replied, "Of course you continue!" Less than ten years later, the day after graduating from Oberlin College, Jaffe flew off to play upright bass with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in France and began overseeing operations at the Hall

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2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint in Lansdale, PA

Read "The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint in Lansdale, PA" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Preservation Hall and Allen Toussaint The Oh Yeah! Tour Lansdale Community Concerts Lansdale, PA October 18, 2014 The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the roll again, and this time they have company. The venerable fifty year old band is on a thirty-eight city tour sharing ...

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: That's It!

Read "That's It!" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Fifty years is a long time to carry the torch of the music of others and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has done just that with class, joviality, and a sense of purpose to preserve traditional New Orleans jazz music. In a step away from their mission of preservation, the band has created new music in ...

Ben Jaffe: Preserving the Hall

Read "Ben Jaffe: Preserving the Hall" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Preservation Hall was founded fifty years ago in a small art gallery in New Orleans' French Quarter by Allan and Sandra Jaffe as a place to preserve traditional jazz. Seven nights a week, tourists and locals enjoyed the best of this jazz style in the small performance space for just a few dollars collected at the ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Preservation Hall Jazz Band/My Morning Jacket: Louisiana Fairytale

Read "Preservation Hall Jazz Band/My Morning Jacket: Louisiana Fairytale" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Preservation Hall Jazz Band / My Morning JacketLouisiana FairytalePreservation Hall2011 Once upon a time there was a progressive rock band, My Morning Jacket. They were invited into one of the grandest music venues in the world, Preservation Hall, to play with the legendary jazz band. In another ...


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