Experience an Evening of Variations at the 5th Annual Improvisations Gala, presented by the Herb Alpert Foundation, on site at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Saturday, December 3rd from 8-11 pm. Entertainment is presented once again by the Jay Pritzker Foundation. The stellar line-up will include Irma Thomas, GALACTIC featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, Mahmoud Chouki, Aurora Nealand, Shake ‘em Up Jazz Band, Opera Creole with Trumpet Mafia, Tim Laughlin, the Detroit Brooks Quintet, international composer, performer, conductor Lukasz L.U.C Rostkowski, Victor Atkins, the Treme Lafitte Brass Band with Big Queen Mary K Stevenson of the Wild Tchoupitoulas Indians & the N’Awlins D’Awlins Baby Dolls, along with other local favorites performing on five stages throughout the evening. The “Evening of Variations” will be preceded by a Patron Party from 7-8 pm in the Decatur Street Courtyard featuring the Germaine Bazzle Band with Charlie Gabriel, culinary delights courtesy of Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire’s, Acme Oyster House, and Dickie Brennan & Co. Catering & Events, passed hors d’oeuvres by Messina’s Catering & Events, and cocktails provided by Beam Suntory.