New Orleans Jazz Museum

The Gala - Tickets available at the door tonight!

As night falls, come together for an elegant and extemporized mix of music, dancing, art, and illuminations at our inaugural Improvisations Gala.

Taking place throughout the New Orleans Jazz Museum from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Improvisations features libations from Sazerac Company, gourmet local cuisine, a thrilling silent auction–featuring an exclusive artwork by Emilie Rhys, entertainment by Evan Christopher, Wendell Brunious, The Stanton Moore Trio, and The Soul Rebels, all set within the Luna Fete Celebration of Light and Music.

All proceeds from Improvisations will help the Jazz Museum to globally promote jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms through highly-interactive exhibits, as well as support ongoing musical and educational programming. Learn more about our expansion.

LUNA Fête 🌙

LUNA Fête is a revolutionary event, harnessing the dynamic energy behind New Orleans’ growing art, technology, and film communities and utilizing iconic architecture as a canvas to present the original and imaginative new art form.

For the first time, LUNA Fête will illuminate the grounds and gardens of the New Orleans Jazz Museum - transforming its historic architecture into a playground of light, art, and music.

This Tricentennial celebration features illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections, art animated by technology and musical performances intended to engage and inspire.

Patron Party - SOLD OUT

Be the first to experience Improvisations.

The Patron Party kicks off on December 8, 2018 at 7:00pm on the third floor of the Jazz Museum. Inside our intimate performance venue, patrons will be a part of a historic and exclusive celebration featuring an elegant cocktail hour, lavish feast, and private performance from Jon Batiste, followed by students from the Trombone Shorty Academy and NOCCA. 

Patrons will also have the chance to get an exclusive black and white portrait taken by Curtis Knapp. To name a few, Curtis Knapp has photographed Madonna, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, The B-52’s, and Slash.

Event Details


Saturday, December 8, 2018

from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Patron Party starts at 7:00pm

Gala starts at 8:00pm


The New Orleans Jazz Museum

400 Esplanade Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70116

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All guests must present valid ticket for entry. One ticket per guest. All attendees must be 21 or over to drink and will receive a wristband upon entry. Valid ID required.


The Jazz Museum is an ADA compliant venue. Please contact us and let us know how we can best accommodate you.


The Improvisations Gala Committee

The Improvisations Gala 2018 is brought to life through the vision and enthusiasm of its chairs and committee.

Improvisations Gala 2018 Chair

Randy Fertel

2018 Committee Members

Detroit Brooks, Vickie Catsulis, Edgar Chase IV, Harry Hawks, Donna Horowitz, Dr. Lawrence Powell, Emilie Rhys, John Snyder, A.P. Tureaud, Jr., Suzanne Terrell, Dr. Michael White






Suzie Terrell, Lanier Hosford, Asja Coffil, David Scheffer, John & Patty Elstrott, Pam Davis Friedler, Dr. Eduardo E. Rodriguez, Julia Walker, Edgar Gankendorff, Tim Ginn, James Clark, Stephanie Detillier, Martha Helene Gisela Piet, Tina Freeman & Phillip Woollam, David Marcello, Dorothy Clyne, Mike Weaver, Steve Price, Martha Murphy, Wendy Wade, Kathleen Bandhu, Cindy Badinger, Nene Dike, Tara Hernandez, Gregg Hill, James Clark, Tom Howorth, Rebecca Conwell, Melissa Stelly, Steve Cochran, Dr. and Mrs. David H. Martin, Richard Schwerdtfeger, Christine Casanova, Benjamin Faulkner, John Snyder, Scott Britain, Kenneth Sills, Ron & Nuria Rowley, Amir Hussain, Maria Bierniak, Joe Bravata & Tina XU, Walt & Sharon Smoski, Iman Shervington, Lyn Fitterer, Robin & Scott Borne, Kathleen Sebastian, Sibylle von Siebenthal, Cassandra Sanchez, Regina Sharman, Myles Holdsworth, Barbara Holdsworth, Evan Widney, Danah Fisher