Name: Ben Jaffe
Neighborhood: French Quarter
Profession: Creative Director & Musician, Preservation Hall
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.
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.