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Irvin Mayfield is a trumpet player from New Orleans, Lousiana.
He is founder of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and co-founder the Latin jazz band Los Hombres Calientes (together with drummer Jason Marsalis and percussionist Bill Summers). The latter band's debut CD was awarded Billboard’s Latin Music Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, subsequent releases being Volume 2: Los Hombres Calientes, Volume 3: New Congo Square (nominated for a Grammy), Volume 4: Vodou Dance, and Volume 5: Carnival (all on Basin Street Records).
Mr. Mayfield is Chairman of the Board for the New Orleans Public Library Foundation, and for the Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation. He is on the boards of Citizens United for Economic Equity, Louisiana State University’s Department of Psychiatry and Health Science, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, Tulane University’s School of Architecture, Unity of New Orleans, and the Youth Rescue Initiative.
Mr. Mayfield received the Chancellor’s Award from the University of New Orleans in 2010 (the highest ranking award given to a professor; he teaches professional practice at the University of New Orleans), and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011.
President Obama nominated Mr. Mayfield to the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts, to which he was appointed and where he will serve until 2016.
Irvin Mayfield serves as official Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans.
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