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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

May 27 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Backyard Grooves

May 27, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

BB's Stage Door…

May 27 - Jun 25, 2017
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in this three-time… more

Beyond the Canvas:…

May 27 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Big Easy Rollergirls'…

May 27 - 27, 2017
Come see your Big Easy Rollergirls Second Line take on the Capital City Roller… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

May 27 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Celebrate National…

May 27 - 28, 2017
Trinity, known for its imaginative cuisine, creative cocktails and bustling… more

Chicken on the Bone…

May 27 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

Double Dose

May 27, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Mercedes Benz…

May 27 - 28, 2017
The  8th Annual  Bayou Country Super Fest is coming to the Mercedes… more

New Orleans Greek…

May 27 - 28, 2017
Every year descendents of one of the Western world's oldest cultures celebrate… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 27 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 27 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 27 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

May 27 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Senga Nengudi:…

May 27 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

The Georgian…

May 27 - Oct 16, 2017
For more than a century, a King George sat on the British throne. The Georgian… more

The Historic New…

May 27 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

The House of Groove

May 27, 2017
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Irish House…

May 27 - 27, 2017
Join us for an evening of traditional music song and dance. more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

May 27 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Interview with Jazz Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield

Irvin Mayfield

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

There are 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 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 sparks up whenever a question gives him the chance to sing New Orleans' praises.

Here's Irvin Mayfield on...

How New Orleans Got Its Music
You have 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 all things. 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 the musicians 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
Branford Marsalis...he was the leader of the Tonight Show Band. They also have a brother, 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's what 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'd be 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.