During a normal year, we would all be enjoying the sounds and tastes of this year's Jazz and Heritage Festival. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has made 2020 and 2021 anything but normal years. So if you're starving for some quality New Orleans jazz, then the New Orleans Jazz Museum has all of the soulful music you could ask for this week.
The museum, which is located in the New Orleans Mint on 400 Esplanade Ave., is providing a series of virtual and in-person events in celebration of New Orleans culture during springtime. A list of the available performances and events are as follows:
· Today, April 27, at 5 p.m., the Jazz Museum will host a performance honoring Phil Frazier, tuba player for the Rebirth Brass Band. The event is free and will also be live streamed on Facebook Live.
· On April 28, also at 5 p.m., Kermit Ruffins will be putting on a courtyard concert at the museum. Tickets are limited, start at $35, and can be purchased at Eventbrite. The event will also be streamed on Facebook Live.
· April 29 will be the grand opening of the "From the Fat Man to Mahalia: James Michalopoulos' Music Paintings" exhibit. While registration for the opening is officially closed, guests are encouraged to see the exhibit during the museum's normal business hours. There will also be a Facebook Live stream of the Adonis Rose Ensemble and the Molly Reeves Trio at 6 p.m. that same day.
· April 30 is International Jazz Day and the museum will be hosting Facebook performances starting at 10:30 a.m., along with a limited, live performance by Amina Scott at 5 p.m. The Amina Scott performance is free and is first come, first served, so make sure to arrive when doors open at 4:30 p.m.
· Finally, on May 1, guests can enjoy a screening of Dan Pritzker's Bolden at 7 p.m., followed by a performance by Calvin Johnson and a Q&A regarding the film. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Eventbrite. Tickets also include food by Bywater Bakery and an open bar by Seven Three Distilling Co.
All proceeds from all of the events directly benefit the New Orleans Jazz Museum, so go out and enjoy the music while supporting a treasured local establishment. For more information and for future events, visit nolajazzmuseum.org.