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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jul 21 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Jul 21, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
Turn New Orleans into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt… more

Chicken on the Bone…

Jul 21 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jul 21, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jul 21 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

FestiGals

Jul 21, 2017
FestiGals hosts New Orleans Women's Weekend Experience - a celebration of women… more

House of Blues…

Jul 21 - 21, 2017
After a long, grueling work week, where better to kick off your weekend than… more

Magazine St. Art…

Jul 21, 2017
Magazine St. Art Market is a unique way to experience the best of our local… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 21 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 21 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 21 - Sep 3, 2017
Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans showcases… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 21 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

New Orleans…

Jul 21 - 23, 2017
Join us for the Tempest by William Shakespeare. Wrongly accused and exiled for… more

Storyville: Madams…

Jul 21 - Dec 9, 2017
Storyville: Madams and Music revives the sights and sounds of New Orleans's… more

Tales of the Cocktail

Jul 21 - 23, 2017
Join us for the 15th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival! Tales of the… more

The Historic New…

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

The Irish Cultural…

Jul 21, 2017 - Jan 22, 2027
Join us at the beautiful Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans every Friday… more

Trinity Kicks Off…

Jul 21 - Sep 3, 2017
To help beath the New Orleans' heat, Trinity is introducing new daily Happy… more

Two Rooms by Lee…

Jul 21 - 22, 2017
“Two Rooms” is about Michael Wells, a man kidnapped in Beirut, and… more

A Night of Comedy and…

Jul 22 - 22, 2017
Brothers at Peace are bringing comedy legend Paul Mooney to the Dee Dee… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jul 21 - 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.