In this new box set, The 50th Anniversary Collection, Ben Jaffe gets to show off his family's history with New Orleans music, as well as a few new wrinkles of his own. I (Matt Cibula) made the trip 16 years ago. It was May, and it’s New Orleans, and the atmosphere outside 726 St. Peter Street was a sweaty sticky mess. But once I got into Preservation Hall, and managed to shoulder and slip my way through tourists and jazz aficionados up to the front of that boxy room, I fulfilled one of my greatest dreams: to hear authentic New Orleans jazz, played by some of the finest musicians in the world’s greatest musical city. It wasn’t glamorous—maybe it’s different now, but back then at least Preservation Hall was barebones, stark, purely functional—but it was real, and it was glorious.