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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Apr 23 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

2017 New Orleans Air…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse, La., will… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

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

Chicken on the Bone…

Apr 23 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

Guys and Dolls Jr.

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler, Nathan… more

Kids in the Kitchen…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Lead by the staff of SOFAB we are happy to offer the next installment of… more

Little Gem Saloon…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Little Gem Saloon is proud to announce its Jazz Brunch starting in April with… more

Lusher Orchestra and…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Join us for the Lusher Orchestra and Choir Spring Concert! more

New Orleans Museum of…

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

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 23 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

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

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 23 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Pinch A Palooza…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Pinch A Palooza 2017, a family friendly seafood festival celebrating… more

Senga Nengudi:…

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

Shotgun House Tour

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Tour seven private homes in beautiful Faubourg St. John that showcase the… more

Tennessee Williams -…

Apr 23 - May 16, 2017
Experience SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, a decadent fever dream by Tennessee Williams! … more

Trinity Artist Series…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Join us for The New Orleans Trombone Choir, directed by John Risey!   more

David Hansen's Garden…

Apr 24, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

International…

Apr 24 - 24, 2017
On Monday, April 24th, International Sculpture Day, The Poydras Corridor… more

Monday Blues

Apr 24, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Apr 23 - 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.