Larry Blumenfeld & Ben Jaffe
Larry Blumenfeld, journalist with The Wall Street Journal and Village Voice
Ben Jaffe, Creative Director and tuba player for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Parallax: noun- The effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions.
With NOLA’s very own Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) in town this and our month-long Treme series, we were thrilled to host PHJB Creative Director and tuba player, Ben Jaffe and journalist and Katrina Media Fellow, Larry Blumenfeld for a New Orleans Parallax Conversation super session!
As son of Preservation Hall co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, Ben Jaffe has lived his whole life with the rhythm of the French Quarter pulsing through his veins. Raised in the company of New Orleans’ greatest musicians, Ben returned from his collegiate education at Oberlin College in Ohio to play with the group and assume his father’s duties as Director of Preservation Hall. Today he serves as Creative Director for both PHJB and the Hall itself, where he has spearheaded such programs as the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund. Catch PHJB at the Apollo Theatre on Saturday, November 16.
Larry Blumenfeld writes about music and culture for The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice and many other publications, is editor-at-large of Jazziz magazine, and blogs. He is a former Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute, researching cultural recovery in New Orleans, and the winner of the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing. Larry has been the host and curator for our “Tuning into Treme” Jazz For Curious Listerners sessions.