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"Mysterious…

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

"Prospect.3: Notes…

Nov 21, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Nov 21, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Boesman and Lena

Nov 21 - 23, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans returns to Ashé Cultural Arts… more

Celebration in the…

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
One of the premier parties of the holiday season in New Orleans, this dazzling… more

Community Cinema…

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
Darius Clark Monroe is a filmmaker who was sentenced to five years in prison… more

Concerts in the…

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
Now in its seventh year, The Historic New Orleans Collection's Concerts in the… more

Concerts in the…

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
THNOC's Concerts in the Courtyard offers a fun, casual way to kick off the… more

Free Student Webinar

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
The Post Industrial Revolution and WWII: A Cross-Country Webinar about Mass… more

Glen David Andrews…

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
In its third season of hosting concerts at the incredibly intimate Old U.S.… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Nov 21 - 23, 2014
This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you and your family hooked… more

Mistletoe Marketplace…

Nov 21 - 23, 2014
Kickoff Mistletoe Marketplace in the French Quarter at 4 p.m. on Thursday,… more

Rivertown Theaters…

Nov 21 - 22, 2014
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts is proud to present the Tony… more

Smoothie King Center…

Nov 21 - 23, 2014
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world… more

THE GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC…

Nov 21 - 26, 2014
This traveling exhibit examines the history of the U.S. naval base in… more

The Mysterious…

Nov 21 - 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

The New Orleans…

Nov 21 - 23, 2014
The New Orleans Fringe has become known for its offbeat and sometimes crazy… more

The Victory Belles…

Nov 21, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

"Mysterious…

Nov 22 - 22, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

• Screening of “These…

Nov 22 - 22, 2014
THNOC's free seven-part film series presented in conjunction with the… more

"Mysterious…

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… 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 33-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 Playhouse. We employ more musicians than any other venue in the city, and there's no cover charge. We've got so much there; that's where I would start.

Other Can't-Miss New Orleans Shows
LionelFerbos; he's 99. He plays every Saturday at the Palm Court Café. He's the oldest living performing jazz musician in the world. You get to listen to someone who listened with his own ears to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Fats Pichon.

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.