ABOUT NOJO & OUR MISSION
Our Mission is to inspire freedom and culture in the individual and the global community by creating authentic, engaging Jazz experiences that celebrate the origins and transform the future of Jazz. As a performing arts organization, our goal is to strengthen the business of Jazz through performances, touring, recordings, education and media platforms. The NOJO is the first and only performing arts institution committed solely to the development of an Industry for Jazz in the city that created it.
ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR IRVIN MAYFIELD
Irvin Mayfield, 35, is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 15 albums to his credit. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Minnesota Orchestra. He is currently a professor at the University of New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute. 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. 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. A passionate advocate for New Orleans and for the arts, Mayfield is Chairman of the Board for the Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation. He also serves on the boards of The African American Museum, Citizens United for Economic Equity, Louisiana State University’s Department of Psychiatry and Health Science, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, Tulane University’s School of Architecture, Unity of Greater New Orleans, the University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development, and the Youth Rescue Initiative. In November, Mayfield created and premiered Dirt Dust and Trees: A Jazz Tribute to Ernest Gaines, which was performed by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Critics say about NOJO
"...above all, these guys are about playing New Orleans Jazz with blistering Creole fire, a kind of unrestrained fun and virtuosity..."
"...a free-playing jam, it's like a savory dish of musical gumbo...swinging sound of horns, piano, bass and drums, along with the cool-cat musicality..."
-DESERET NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
"...the orchestra is the only major performing Jazz institution in post-Katrina New Orleans and has become the most prominent representative of Jazz culture in the Big Easy..."
-METROMODE, DETROIT, MI