2023 Jazz & Heritage Gala Announcement

NEW ORLEANS (January 24, 2023) – The Jazz & Heritage Gala is the official kick off celebration to the 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell!

This star-studded event is Thursday, April 27, 2023 at Generations Hall in New Orleans. The patron party begins at 6pm, followed by the gala from 7pm to 10pm.

The Gala benefits the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s signature education program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music which provides free music education to 300 Louisiana students. This year’s Gala will feature the rich musical heritage of our vibrant city with performances by some of New Orleans’ favorite artists.

The purchase of a Gala ticket includes a Gala pass – a seven-day pass to Jazz Fest with unlimited re-entry.

Join us for an electrifying evening as we celebrate the start of the world’s most famous cultural phenomenon.

Please visit to purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities.


The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music proudly provides free-of-charge lessons taught by the finest musicians and educators the city has to offer, reaching more than 300 school-aged students with dynamic music instruction and opportunity. It is the Foundation’s longest standing educational program and has expanded to include a Beginners program, the Vocal workshops that take place at NORD centers across the GNO area, and Audio Production Workshops. The school holds classes three days a week at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center. The state-of-the-art facility has several classrooms, a recording space, and a performance hall.