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2015 AVP New Orleans…

May 23 - 24, 2015
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will make its return to New Orleans this… more

48th Annual Gonzales…

May 23 - 23, 2015
The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and… more

Edgar Degas: The…

May 23 - 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 23 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

May 23 - 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

FOUR VOICES at the…

May 23 - 24, 2015
The Garden District Gallery is pleased to present FOUR VOICES featuring… more

Freret Street Publiq…

May 23 - 23, 2015
Join us for live music with Big Deal Burlesque.   more

Greek Festival

May 23 - 24, 2015
Every year descendents of one of the Western world's oldest cultures celebrate… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

May 23 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Le Petit Theatre…

May 23 - 23, 2015
This classic Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical traces the lives of… more

Neighborhood Pet…

May 23 - 23, 2015
 Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the Louisiana… more

Purchased Lives: New…

May 23 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Saturday Farmers…

May 23 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

Tennessee Williams:…

May 23 - 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Irish House…

May 23 - 23, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patrick Cooper. more

The New Orleans Wine…

May 23 - 23, 2015
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in… more

48th Annual Gonzales…

May 24 - 24, 2015
The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and… more

The Irish House…

May 24 - 24, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Aaron Lopez-Barrantes. more

Irish Sessions

May 25 - 25, 2015
Join us at the Irish House on Mondays for Irish Sessions. more

Preservation Jazz…

May 25 - 25, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

2015 AVP New Orleans…

May 23 - 24, 2015
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will make its return to New Orleans this… 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.