Name: Ben Jaffe

Neighborhood: French Quarter

Profession: Creative Director & Musician, Preservation Hall


Ben Jaffe 

Something about New Orleans that can always put you in a good mood. Turning on WWOZ. I'm immediately reminded of why I'm here: the musicians, the community, the people, the personalities.

What advice would you give your twenty-year-old self? I've got lots of advice for my twenty-year-old self but doubt my twenty-year-old self would have paid any attention!

What would people be surprised to know about you? People are surprised by the spectrum of music I'm inspired by. When I tell people one of my favorite bands is The Clash, I often get a strange look.

How has the pandemic impacted you on a personal level? Preservation Hall closed its doors the second week of March and we haven't opened since. When we locked the doors, I knew the impact this was going to have on the community and felt an incredible sadness. I knew we had a responsibility to use our platform to be an advocate for the musicians. With the support of our fans, we've been able to support them with regular financial grants.


Ben Jaffe

Favorite restaurant: Pho Tau Bay

Favorite walk: The French Quarter late at night when I'm the only one on the streets

Favorite clothing store: Rubenstein Brothers

Best book you've read in the past year? Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje. I revisit this book often

Song that can always put you in a great mood: Just about anything by Earth, Wind & Fire

Your go-to outfit: Can't ever go wrong with a suit and tie or Levi's and a jean jacket

Interviews have been edited and condensed.

This article appeared in the September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.