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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 10 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 10 - Mar 31, 2016
Join us for the opening reception for the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King… more

Architecture Camp

Feb 10 - 10, 2016
Learn about the unique Architecture that makes our city special. Practice your… more

Blaze Pizza's Wine…

Feb 10 - 24, 2016
Join as at Blaze Pizza New Orleans for Wine Down Wednesday. Purchase a glass of… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Feb 10, 2016 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 10, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Elixir (Vintage Night)

Feb 10, 2016 - Jan 11, 2017
Elixir (Vintage Night) is every second Wednesday of the month!!! Featuring… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Feb 10 - 10, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz. Come experience NBA basketball at its best… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 10 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Foundation…

Feb 10 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 10 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 10, 2016 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

The Photography of…

Feb 10 - Mar 1, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Feb 10 - 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

Tom Hook

Feb 10 - 25, 2016
TOM HOOK- SOLO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel more

Crescent City…

Feb 11 - 11, 2016
Enjoy Live Music! more

Heart of the House

Feb 11, 2016 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Ogden After Hours…

Feb 11 - 11, 2016
Join us for Jazz-based cellist, singer, composer, and improviser Helen Gillet.… more

The Music of the…

Feb 11 - 13, 2016
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic bands of the last 50 years. Their… more

Amanda Ducorbier

Feb 12 - 27, 2016
AMANDA DUCORBIER - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 10 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

Interview with Jazz Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield

Irvin Mayfield

A Rising Jazz Legend Riffs on New Orleans' Culture, Music and Food

Thereare hundreds, perhaps thousands, of talented musicians in New Orleans, but few have stood out in the last decade as notably as Irvin Mayfield. The 37-year-old native is one of the most accomplished jazz trumpet players in the world with a Grammy and a Billboard Album of the Year to his credit.

But fame and worldwide travel haven't changed his perspective on his hometown one bit. He still plays at his namesake venue, Irvin Mayfield's Playhouse, every Wednesday he's in town, and speaks so highly of the city and its culture that he was named by the U.S. Government the Cultural Ambassador of New Orleans. His voice sparksup whenever a question gives him the chance to sing New Orleans' praises.

Here's Irvin Mayfield on...

How New Orleans Got Its Music
Youhave to recognize, it's a port city. Most of the valuable treasures, culturally, come from port cities. It's the entry and exit point for allthings. It's not the music, the food, the architecture; it's the people- the French, the Spanish, the Haitians, the Germans, the Italians. We have a cornucopia, I like to call it an embarrassment, of [cultural] riches.

Being the City's Cultural Ambassador
All of themusicians and artists of Louisiana are ambassadors. At the end of the day, their art speaks volumes and tells people why this is a great place.

Why Someone Should Visit
New Orleans is one of the quintessential American experiences. If you are an American and you haven't gone to New Orleans, you have missed out on one of the great cities. "When are we going to New Orleans?" should be the proper question.

Where to Go for Live Music
First, I would go down to Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse. We employ more musicians than any other venue in the city. We've got so much there; that's where I would start.

There's this guy, Wynton Marsalis...he built this $200 million music empire
BranfordMarsalis...he was the leader of the Tonight Show Band. They also have abrother, Jason Marsalis, who's a talented musician and producer. Guess the person who taught them? Ellis Marsalis. He plays every Friday at 8 o'clock at Snug Harbor.

Why It's So Easy to Find Live Music Every Night of the Week
It'swhat we do; it's a part of our life. When we bury people, we celebrate with music. When people are born, we celebrate with music.... Music is a tool that we use. We use it to rebuild. We use it to teach history.

A Perfect New Orleans Day
It'dbe a day like today. No clouds in the sky, a beautiful day, 78 degrees.Give me a freshly rolled cigar, an Armagnac kind of drink, a steak and some good music, and I'm good - and, of course, some beignets.

Parting Words

The only thing left to say is "welcome to New Orleans." We're ready for you.