Ben Jaffe was born in New Orleans, the son of the founders of Preservation Hall, Allan and Sandra Jaffe. He grew up in New Orleans’ French Quarter, two blocks from Preservation Hall. He attended the School for Creative Arts and then Oberlin College. After graduating from Oberlin, he returned to New Orleans and became the manager of the Preservation Hall venue and joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, playing bass. He has produced a number of Preservation Hall albums and is the chairman of the board of the Preservation Hall Foundation.
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