Grammy and Billboard Award-winning trumpeter brings a taste of the Big Easy to South Florida with his 18-piece orchestra!
“The most prominent representative of jazz culture in the Big Easy!” – Metromode
Part of the 2014-2015 Live at Knight Series
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35, $45, $85 & $125*
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to present “A Night in New Orleans” starring trumpeter IRVIN MAYFIELD with his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on February 5 at 8 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. As an official cultural ambassador of New Orleans, IRVIN MAYFIELD and his magnificent 18-piece orchestra will kick-off Mardi Gras month in Miami with a festive concert celebrating the Big Easy and its vibrant culture.
Patrons can further enhance their “A Night in New Orleans” experience with an array of Cajuninspired food and beverage menu options from the Center’s on-site restaurants – BRAVA! and The Café at Books & Books. For more information, please visit: http://www.arshtcenter.org/en/Visit/Dining/
“A Night in New Orleans” is part of the Center’s 2014-2015 Live at Knight Series.
Tickets to IRVIN MAYFIELD are $35, $45, $85 and $125*. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
“Music lovers – get ready to be transported to the swinging streets of the Big Easy!” said John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “The brilliant jazz trumpeter IRVIN MAYFIELD and his own New Orleans Jazz Orchestra are coming back to Miami to celebrate the birthplace of American jazz with a rousing performance just in time for Mardi Gras.”
At only 37 years old, IRVIN MAYFIELD represents the continuity of the unfolding jazz legacy of New Orleans. Winning both a Grammy and a Billboard Award, this versatile trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, professor, cultural ambassador and recording artist is on a path to position jazz at the center of American culture. His virtuosity and devotion to the music has made him one of the most recorded and decorated jazz musicians of his generation.
In 2002, Mayfield created the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), a performing arts institution dedicated to presenting engaging and transformative jazz experiences. Under his artistic direction, NOJO won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for its criticallyacclaimed album Book One. The orchestra, which is one of the most sought after touring jazz orchestras in the country, includes respected musicians such as Victor Atkins on piano and Ed “Sweetbread” Petersen on saxophone, to name a few.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mayfield who lost his dad in the storm, composed “All The Saints,” a critically-acclaimed spiritual ode to the city of New Orleans. Commissioned by the Episcopal Dean of the Christ Church Cathedral, the first of its kind by an Episcopal diocese, “All The Saints” was performed in the cathedral and served as the first major cultural event in the city post-Katrina.
In addition to his accolades and community efforts, President Barack Obama nominated IRVIN MAYFIELD to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory
board of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Through the President’s nomination, Mayfield was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Council on Arts for a full six-year term until 2016. Mayfield also received the Chancellor’s Award from the University of New Orleans (the highest ranking award given to a professor) in 2010 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011. He serves as Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans, an appointment recognized by the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana and other governmental bodies.
Education and Community Engagement Program
As part of its Education and Community Engagement programs, the Arsht Center will host a free live sound check attended by 200 Miami-Dade County high school students in addition to student musicians from local universities. This live sound check is part of an in-depth educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools which has brought more than 6,000 high school music students to the Center for a unique behind-the-scenes experience including: a preconcert sound check; a Q&A session; and free entry to the evening’s performance.
About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 500 events each year across its eight flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs 12 signature series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, the biggest flamenco festival on the East Coast, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 30,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses Brava!, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.