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Ashé & Congo Square…

Feb 26 - 26, 2017
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BACCHUS BASH 2017

Feb 26 - 26, 2017
----BACCHUS BASH 2017---- FREE - Mardi Gras Block Party February 26, 2017… more

CANO & PhotoNOLA…

Feb 26 - 28, 2017
CANO is proud to announce our first photography exhibition in conjunction with… more

International House…

Feb 26 - 27, 2017
To many, Mardi Gras means purple, green and gold blinking beads and kegs of… more

Joe Krown Trio +…

Feb 26 - 26, 2017
Join us for the  Joe Krown Trio  plus Seither's Seafood Crawfish Boil. more

Mardi Gras Bourbon…

Feb 26 - 28, 2017
LIMITED VIP Mardi Gras Bourbon Street Balcony Tickets! Being "above the… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Feb 26 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

Second FRIDAY…

Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2017
'New Work by Max Seckel & Bruce Drinnon'. exhibition dates: February 10 -… more

Terrance Osborne…

Feb 26 - 26, 2017
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31st Annual Riverwalk…

Feb 27 - 27, 2017
Join us for 31st Annual Lundi Gras celebration at the  Riverwalk… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 27, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Lundi Gras with New…

Feb 27 - 27, 2017
Join us for live music on Lundi Gras featuring the New Orleans Suspects! more

Monday Blues

Feb 27, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

The Irish House…

Feb 27, 2017
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 27 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The Somerton Suitcase…

Feb 27, 2017
The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch… more

Clarence John…

Feb 28 - Mar 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

Exhibition to feature…

Feb 28 - Mar 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Feb 28, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Mar 01, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
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Ashé & Congo Square…

Feb 26 - 26, 2017
Join Ashé Cultural Arts Center and the Congo Square Preservation Society… 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.