On Saturday, December 5, at 7 p.m., expect the third annual iteration of the Improvisations Gala at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Running until 11 p.m., this gala will take place both in-person and virtually so that any interested parties can get involved and still maintain their level of comfort. In-person visitors will be socially distanced and masked in a courtyard as they watch an excellent lineup of various musicians perform. This event has always been in the service of local musicians and promoting musical education in the area, but that goal is doubly important with this year's event.
As the pandemic has greatly wounded both musicians and museums alike, the New Orleans Jazz Museum has made it a point to employ musicians gratis to do virtual performances to help spread their names as well as attempt to rejuvenate the spirit of live music. Finally, though, with New Orleans well into Phase Three of pandemic protocols and reopenings, live performances are no longer a mere pipe dream and are completely possible, given proper precautions.
Multiple famed performers, from Big Freedia to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, will be present, playing improv-style and live at this event. Tickets are in short supply, since the event is limited by social-distancing guidelines, so don't wait to get your tickets (click HERE), whether you plan to purchase a party table or individual admission. Virtual viewing is also available on the New Orleans Jazz Museum's Facebook page. All of the proceeds from this event's sales will be fed directly back into supporting local musicians, musical education and its instructors, and the upkeep of the museum itself, so any contribution you may make is a noble one.
New Orleans Jazz Museum: 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993, nolajazzmuseum.org/events/gala2020