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"Residue" / Wetlands…

May 25 - 26, 2016
Join us Second Saturday for the Opening Reception of "Residue" with… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 25 - 25, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 25 - 25, 2016
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Birdfoot Festival

May 25 - 28, 2016
Join us for the 5th Anniversary Birdfoot Festival. Through live chamber music,… more

Biz Night on the…

May 25 - 25, 2016
Network and swap business cards at Biz New Orleans' Biz Night aboard the Creole… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

May 25, 2016 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 25, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

New Orleans Photo…

May 25 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

Saenger Theatre…

May 25 - 29, 2016
WICKED, New Orleans' most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land… more

The Maison Presents -…

May 25, 2016 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

Traditional Home's…

May 25 - Jun 12, 2016
Join us in the Uptown District for our first-ever New Orleans Showhouse!… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

May 25 - 25, 2016
Join us for Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series takes place in… more

"Is Shakespeare…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Lecture with Hillary Eklund, English Dept., Loyola Univ., New Orleans more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Jonte Mayon more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Heart of the House

May 26, 2016 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Jazz in the Park

May 26 - Jun 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

Joe Walsh & Bad…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Joe Walsh and Bad Company (Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke) will be… more

The New Orleans Wine…

May 26 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in… more

Theatre on Tap…

May 26 - 29, 2016
Stars, stripes, and salutes will storm the stage Memorial Day weekend, … more

"Residue" / Wetlands…

May 25 - 26, 2016
Join us Second Saturday for the Opening Reception of "Residue" with… 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.