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Jazz trumpeter makes name for himself

April E. ClarkPost Independent Staff
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The trumpet never sounded so heart-wrenching.At this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Irvin Mayfield who lost his 65-year-old father, Irvin Mayfield Sr., to Hurricane Katrina played a solo that brought tears to the eyes of Bob and Mary Noone.With his 5-year-old son, also named Irvin Mayfield, at his side, the emotion of Jazz Fest struck a chord.”You could have heard a pin drop in the tent, and that was a 10,000-person capacity venue,” said Bob Noone, who organizes Summer of Jazz with his wife, Mary.

The Irvin Mayfield Quintet plays as part of the ongoing Summer of Jazz free concert series at 7 p.m. today at Two Rivers Park. The quintet features Edwin Livingston on bass, Aaron Fletcher playing saxophone, drummer Jaz Sawyer, and pianist Richard Johnson.According to his Web site biography at http://www.irvinmayfield.com, Mayfield was born in the Crescent City in 1977. He is a co-founder of Latin jazz band Los Hombres Calientes, which released its first album in 1998. Los Hombres Calientes’ debut CD received Billboard’s Latin Music Award for Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year.Mayfield was barely in his 20s. By 25, he had released six albums.”He has a definite afro-Latin flavor,” Mary Noone said. “When he’s on stage, he puts on a great show. He’s really highly respected.”

At 29, Mayfield has already made a name for himself in the New Orleans jazz scene. He founded the Institute of Jazz Culture at Dillard University and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which he directs. In 2003, he was appointed cultural ambassador for the city of New Orleans. Some of his responsibilities include speaking to dignitaries and elected officials in an effort to promote New Orleans and its music heritage.The Wynton Marsalis protégé is artistic director for Arizona’s Chandler Jazz Festival. He was Dillard University’s first artist-in-residence in the school’s Department of Humanities and African World Studies. “He’s a phenomenal trumpeter and a great composer,” Bob Noone said. “He plays contemporary, straight ahead jazz.”Noone said to expect original compositions and some standards, too at tonight’s show.”It’s very fun music,” he said.Mayfield, who arrived today, is staying in Aspen and declined to comment.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

Every Wednesday, the Summer of Jazz concert series hosts free concerts from 7-9:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Park. This year, Summer of Jazz is in tribute to New Orleans music and its heritage. Each week the Post Independent profiles the featured musicians and acts. For more information on the Irvin Mayfield Quintet, visit http://www.summerofjazz.com.Name: Irvin Mayfield QuintetType of music played: Contemporary New Orleans jazz, trumpet


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