Irma Thomas to be honored at the 2023 Jazz & Heritage Gala

Irma Thomas performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2006 by Michael Jee, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive

She’s a worldwide legend, Grammy Award Winner, and an original WWOZ Guardian of the Groove from the earliest days and an active Board Member of the station. She’s played every Jazz Fest since 1974—appearing on multiple stages.

Living legend Irma Thomas is known throughout the world as the unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans. Irma can sing anything—Blues, R&B, Gospel, Pop…you name it. She is one of our city’s most beloved and enduring musical ambassadors and a dedicated supporter of multiple non-profits in and around New Orleans.

We are thrilled to honor her at the Gala this year with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation’s Champion of Culture Award.