The Jazz & Heritage Gala
Proceeds from the Gala support the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music.
The 15th Annual Jazz & Heritage Gala
Thursday, April 25, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Hilton Riverside Hotel
Tickets are $500 (or $5,000 for a table of 10) and include:
Gala Pass to Jazz Fest (good for all seven days of the festival)
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.
To purchase tickets, please see here.
For Gala sponsorship, call (504) 558-6105.
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.
This year our theme will be a "Glass House Reunion," featuring many of the New Orleans legends who performed at the fondly remembered club on South Saratoga Street in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood.
The Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band will be among the Gala's headliners, along with the Dirty Dozen and special guest host Kermit Ruffins.
The Glass House was the scene of innumerable jam sessions. The Rebirth and the Dirty Dozen held down weekly Monday night gigs there for many years, wailing right next to the dancers in the tiny place. The scene was joyous, gymnastic and wild. We'll recreate it at this year's Gala.
For the second straight year, world famous "live music painter" Frenchy will be there to create images on the spot of the Rebirth and Kermit. Last year, his painting Trombone Shorty sold at the Gala's auction for $5,000. Seventy percent of the proceeds were donated back to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
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.