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Irvin Mayfield, born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1977, has established himself as the next musician to embody and represent the great New Orleans jazz trumpeter legacy. Mr. Mayfield has become a fast-paced pioneer in several endeavors. Beginning with his New Orleans-styled version of a Latin jazz band, Los Hombres Calientes, which he co-founded with Bill Summers. He also leads his own band, the Irvin Mayfield Quintet. In addition to his numerous recordings, he recently founded the Institute of Jazz Culture at Dillard University and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, a non-profit institution geared toward jazz performances, education and interpretation. Irvin Mayfield was unanimously appointed in September 2003 to the post of cultural ambassador for the City of New Orleans by the United States Senate, the United State House of Representatives, the Governor's Office of the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Representatives, the Louisiana State Senate, the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans City Council and the New Orleans Aviation Board, establishing himself as a musician who embodies and represents the great New Orleans jazz legacy, as well as becoming an international jazz and cultural spokesperson. If all this wasn't enough, Mayfield is also the Artistic Director for Arizona's Chandler Jazz Festival, in which he plays a significant role in assisting the development of jazz audiences.
In October of 2003 Mayfield kicked off Dillard University Institute of Jazz Culture's 2003-2004 season with the world premier of his newly commissioned composition, Strange Fruit, featuring The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and The Dillard University Concert Choir. Strange Fruit is a ninety minute, nine-movement triad chronicling the lives of an interracial couple in the 1920s and the subsequent social and political consequences they endure after their affair is discovered. Strange Fruit was inspired by the Without Sanctuary exhibit that chronicles the history of lynching in the United States. Los Hombres Calientes, Mr. Mayfield's modern jazz collaboration with Bill Summers, is a Latin jazz group that features African rhythmical influences. The group's latest album, Volume 4: Voodoo Dance, released in March 2003, was recorded in Trinidad, Haiti, Cuba and New Orleans, and was recently nominated for a Billboard Latin Music Award. Volume Three: New Congo Square, the group's 2001 release, which was recorded in Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and New Orleans, on Basin Street Records, was nominated for a Grammy. In 1998 and 1999, respectively, Los Hombres Calientes: Volume One, the group's debut album and Los Hombres Calientes: Volume Two were the top selling albums at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In 2000, Los Hombres Calientes' debut CD was awarded Billboard's Latin Music Award for Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year. Released by Blue Note's Half Note label, Mr. Mayfield recorded two additional CDs. In 2000, he released Jaz Sawyer/Irvin Mayfield 20/20: Live at the Blue Note, and The Irvin Mayfield Sextet: Live at the Blue Note in 1999, featuring Impulse recording artist Eric Reed and Atlantic recording artist Wess Anderson. Committed to strengthening the economic and cultural vitality of the City of New Orleans, Mr. Mayfield also sits on the board of directors of both the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the Champions Group of the New Orleans Museum of Art.