Carnegie Hall Celebrates NOJO 10th Anniversary with show

By O'Jay Burgess on Oct 08, 2012 12:53 PM EDT

Carnegie Hall will on Oct. 8 p.m. in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage welcome Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on this the orchestra's 10th anniversary.

Irvin Mayfield who is the trumpeter and band leader of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will be joined on stage by his orchestra and the likes of singer Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals as well as Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams and Aaron Neville.

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the Sphinx Virtuosi, String Chamber Orchestra will also be combining with Mayfield and his orchestra along with other additional artist who are to be announced. Soledad O'Brien will be hosting the event with tickets ranging from $35 to $125.

Mayfield was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1977. His path to jazz started in the fourth grade when he received his first trumpet from his father. Irvin formed the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) in 2002 where he serves as the Artist Director.

The trumpeter is also heavily involved in community work in his city as he serves as a "Cultural Ambassador of the City if New Orleans and the State of Louisiana," a titled he was awarded to him in 2003.

"The only thing that could make New Orleans moreso of a cultural Mecca, is if the constitution was written there. But the music, the constitution of the music, was created...that's where jazz was born. Jazz is the music of America, and really jazz is the manifestation of democracy in the music," said Mayfield to the NPR in Sept. 2, 2005.

The musician played a role in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, after the landing of the hurricane in 2005 he staged events such as concerts to aid in the rebuilding of the city.

Mayfield has 18 albums to his name since he became active on the professional scene in the 1990s. He also co-founded the Afro-Cuban jazz group called "Los Homberes Calientes," in 1998 getting them on to the Billaboard chatrs. Mayfield is also a multiple jazz club owner, a noted composer and was appointed to the "National Endowment of the Arts," by President Barack Obama.

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