Friday, October 3, 2014

Irvin Mayfield Announces New Xmas Album, Out 11/11 via Basin Street Records, Unveils Album Cut + Full Tour

The Grammy and Billboard award-winning trumpeter and bandleader, Irvin Mayfield, debuts his first album of holiday music with A New Orleans Creole Christmas, a collection of timeless holiday classics reinterpreted by the widely-recorded cultural ambassador of New Orleans- set for release November 11th. With his 12th release on the New Orleans source for jazz, Basin Street Records, Mayfield demonstrates his maturity as a player and arranger with the handpicked small ensemble called The New Orleans Jazz Playhouse Revue. For an early taste of the record’s festive spirit, fans can give the band’s upbeat rendition of “O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)” a spin where it premiered with JazzTimes, or HERE where it’s available to post & share.
The record also includes soulful, gospel-inspired versions of “Silent Night” and “Winter Wonderland,” and melodic, modern jazz renditions of other favorites such as “The Christmas Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Michael Watson graces the listener with his velvet singing voice on the Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson classic, “Christmas Time is Here.”
A New Orleans Creole Christmas was recorded at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Recording on a street famed as the origin of Jazz, the Grammy-winning artist continues his mission of placing Jazz at the center of American culture and advancing a time-honored tradition in a city known for its music.
A New Orleans Creole Christmas is sure to delight the serious jazz listener and families looking to enjoy a fresh take on their favorite Christmas melodies, as they spend time together this holiday season.
Irvin Mayfield is the New Orleans Cultural Ambassador, the youngest member (and only musician) of the National Council on the Arts (named by two presidents), a two-time Grammy nominee, a Grammy-Award-winner (Book One, 2010), a Billboard Music Award winner (Los Hombres Calientes, 2000), founder and artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the first artistic director of jazz of the Minnesota Orchestra, and holder of an honorary doctorate from Dillard University among other honors and accolades.
Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on tour
11/7/14: Harlem, NY @ Apollo Theater
11/8/14: Harlem, NY @ Apollo Theatre (two shows)
11/13/14: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/16/14: Berkeley, CA @ Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
11/18/14: Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center for the Arts, Jackson Hall
11/21/14: Lancaster, CA @ Lancaster Performing Arts Center
11/22/14: Northridge, CA @ Valley Performing Arts Center, Great Hall
11/23/14: San Diego, CA @ San Diego Symphony, Copley Symphony Hall
2/5/15: Miami, FL @ Arsht Center, Knight Concert Hall
2/7/15: Atlanta, GA @ Emory University, Cherry Logan Emerson Concert Hall
2/8/15: Opelika, AL @ Opelika Center for the Performing Arts
2/11/15: Sarasota, FL @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
2/12/15: Tampa, FL @ Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall
2/14/15: Wilmington, NC @ University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Kenan Auditorium
2/15/15: Chapel Hill, NC @ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Memorial Hall
2/17/15: Philadelphia, PA @ Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
2/19/15: Pittsburgh, PA @ Manchester’s Craftsmens Guild Concert Hall
2/20-21/15: New York, NY @ Jazz at Lincoln Center
2/22/15: Fairfield, CT @ Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theater
3/11-12/15: Baton Rouge, LA @ Shaw Center for the Arts, Manship Theater

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