The Jazz & Heritage Gala

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The legendary O'Jays will perform at the 2016 Gala.

The legendary O'Jays will perform at the 2016 Gala.

Proceeds from the Gala support the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music.

The 18th Annual Jazz & Heritage Gala

Thursday, April 21, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Location: Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras Street

Tickets are $550 (or $5,500 for a table of 10) and include:
Gala Dinner
Patron Premiums
Gala Pass to Jazz Fest (good for all seven days of the festival, fully transferrable and with unlimited re-entry)

Proceeds from the Gala benefit the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, the free education program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Performers in 2016 include the legendary singing group The O'Jays. We'll also present a special tribute to the late Allen Toussaint, with the Allen Toussaint band plus special guests Davell Crawford, John Boutte and Suzanne Bonseigneur.

To purchase tickets, please see here.

For Gala sponsorship, call (504) 558-6107, or view our sponsorship levels and pricing here.

Whether you can attend the Gala or not, you can participate in our fabulous online auction of incredible art works and other special items that make wonderful gifts. For the online auction, please see here.

​All proceeds benefit our free education program, the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music.

The Jazz & Heritage Gala is a star–studded soiree that each year kicks off the Jazz Fest season with a festive fund-raiser for the foundation.

It’s a special opportunity for private and corporate citizens support the Foundation’s efforts to promote the culture of our region.

The Gala offers top-notch entertainment, often featuring artists not appearing at Jazz Fest. Past headliners have included Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B. B. King and Nancy Wilson, Fats Domino, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Dr. John, Al Jarreau, Little Richard and many others.

As they dance the night away, Gala patrons feast on a sumptuous supper prepared by some of New Orleans’ finest chefs.

Sponsors of the Gala enjoy a wealth of benefits, including the Gala itself, special passes to Jazz Fest (with unlimited re-entry - for pedestrians only; parking is not included with the Gala pass to Jazz Fest), public recognition of their support and the pride of having contributed to one of New Orleans’ most active and generous arts institutions.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is in many ways the ultimate Social Aid and Pleasure Club — that unique type of New Orleans organization whose purpose is to promote, preserve, perpetuate and celebrate the joy and well-being of its own community.

By participating in the Gala, a sponsor can march at the head of our never–ending second–line parade, honoring our great culture with reverence and sustenance.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation: When the Festival is over, our work is just beginning.

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