For da kiddies

New Orleans’ own extraordinary trumpeter, Irvin Mayfield, will host a special storytime followed by a musical performance Wednesday (6/22) from 10:30am-11:30am at Rosa Keller Library (4300 S. Broad).

So why not bring the youngsters to the Broadmoor, and enjoy a story and some jazz at the library?

Speaking of libraries, were you aware that there are a number of excellent blogs published by good folks who work at various branches of the NOPL?

Two that immediately come to mind include: Jeffrey at Library Chronicles and Angela at Glass Beehives…

Here’s more bio on Mayfield from a recent CityBusiness article:

At the age of 27, Mayfield has sweated his way to the top of the jazz world, playing on stage with Wynton Marsalis in New York before he hit his 20s.

Since he exploded on the scene with Grammy-nominated Los Hombres Calientes in 1998, Mayfield has devoted his career to preserving and uplifting both jazz and his hometown.

At 23, he became a full-time faculty member at Dillard University, where he founded the Institute of Jazz Culture.

Maureen Larkins, Dillard’s director of communications, said Mayfield was tapped because he represents the cultural and artistic experience of New Orleans jazz and “supplements our quest to promote this indigenous art form.”

Two years later, former Gov. Mike Foster, Mayor C. Ray Nagin and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, came together in November 2003 to proclaim Mayfield, at the age of 25, the official cultural ambassador of the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana.

Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu said they chose Mayfield because he is accomplished in the arts and represents the young, creative forces the city is trying to attract.

And in April, Mayfield took center stage at Ray’s Over the River, a jazz club on the 31st floor of the World Trade Center developed for nearly $2 million by former New Orleans Hornets co-owner Ray Wooldridge. Mayfield is the headline act and Wooldridge’s partner.

But Mayfield points to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra – the institution he founded to spread the gospel of New Orleans jazz, provide opportunities and inspiration for a new generation of musicians – as the pinnacle of all his accomplishments.

“Our concept is that jazz be played at the highest levels at all times and thought about at the highest levels,” he said. “We want to engage people in a discussion of what jazz is and what jazz is going to be. It’s not so much about education as it is inspiration so someone can have self-motivation.”

The nonprofit New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, founded in 2002, is more than a nationally touring 16-piece band, said Mayfield; it is the “most important jazz institution in the country” behind only Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

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