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May 1 - 21, 2016
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DISNEY ON ICE…

May 1 - 1, 2016
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Disney on Ice: 100…

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Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! The monumental ice skating… more

Irvin Mayfield & The…

May 1 - 1, 2016
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Irvin Mayfield and…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Grammy Award Winning Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra perform… more

Irvin Mayfield Jazz…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Mama's Music

May 01, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

New Orleans Jazz &…

May 1 - 1, 2016
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New Orleans Photo…

May 1 - 29, 2016
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PONDEROSA STOMP…

May 1 - 1, 2016
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SOUTH LOUISIANA SWAMP…

May 1 - 1, 2016
A rich gumbo of So. LA talent takes over Three Keys with Keith Frank and the… more

The Historic New…

May 1 - 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

“Awash with Color:…

May 1 - 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.