Little did Ben Jaffe know as a young boy being dragged to art galleries and parades that one day he would play the very music he heard there—as a member of the most famous band in the world. His parents and several others had gotten together in the early 60s to make sure the music would never die. Today Ben is Director of Preservation Hall. For $15 you can see guys from the street-to-music schools play the Hall together. New Orleans jazz is unique. They own it. The care and feeding from people like the Jaffes has sustained this happy-sad simple-complicated crazy-sane style of jazz. New Orleans is celebrating 50 years of Preservation Hall with a show at The Old US Mint Museum in The Quarter (through 2012). It’s a walk through the mist of a heritage preserved by the vision of a few and the patronage of many.

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