Irvin-Mayfield-350x260Irvin Mayfield is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 15 albums to his credit. Mr. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) and currently serves as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a professor at the University of New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute. _

In 2009, Mr. Mayfield entered into a historic partnership with the Royal Sonesta Hotel and created Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, which brought “Jazz back to Bourbon Street” in the historic French Quarter. Mr. Mayfield was nominated to the National Council on the Arts by President George W. Bush and was subsequently appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2010. In 2010, Mr. Mayfield also received The Chancellor’s Award from the University of New Orleans—the highest ranking award given to a professor—and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011. _

A passionate advocate for New Orleans and for the arts, Mr. Mayfield is Chairman of the Board for the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, as well as the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the New Orleans Public Library and serves on a number of boards in the city. Currently, Mr. Mayfield is guiding the development of NOJO’s New Orleans Jazz Market, a concert venue and jazz community center in Central City New Orleans. _

As part of Turnaround Arts, Mr. Mayfield has adopted Dvorak School of Excellence in Chicago, IL. During a recent visit to the school, he toured classrooms to see first-hand how arts integration is making a difference, talked with students and staff, and even delivered an impromptu trumpet performance.