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9th Annual New…

Mar 23 - 24, 2017
Calling all small-business owners, startups, mom-and-pop shops, entrepreneurs… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Mar 23 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Clarence John…

Mar 23 - 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Mar 23, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Exhibition to feature…

Mar 23 - 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

First Time Homebuyer…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
Considering homeownership? Emerge from this program prepared to tackle the home… more

Heart of the House

Mar 23, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

JazzCon.Tech

Mar 23 - 24, 2017
MUSIC. FOOD. CODE. Web Dev Conference JazzCon.Tech March 2017, New Orleans. … more

Lilith in Loa…

Mar 23, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

Napoleon House's…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
On the heels of the highly successful dinner in January with Slade Rushing of… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 23 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 23 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

Randy & Mr. Lahey of…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
The Randy and Lahey show is a silly, sexist, drunken hour and a half of songs… more

Riverwalk New Orleans…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
Top Taco is an upscale and entertaining festival where patrons can sample… more

Senga Nengudi:…

Mar 23 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

SoFAB’s New Spring…

Mar 23 - Jun 1, 2017
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) has just introduced its spring… more

Tennessee…

Mar 23 - 26, 2017
A stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent will gather for the… more

The WOW Factor:…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
The Tulane Family Business Center is hosting a forum presentation during New… more

Thursdays at Twilight…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
This very popular series with an array of musicians and Mint Juleps will… more

Top Taco Festival…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
This spring, Crescent City locals and visitors will be able to indulge in an… more

9th Annual New…

Mar 23 - 24, 2017
Calling all small-business owners, startups, mom-and-pop shops, entrepreneurs… 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.