IRVIN MAYFIELD & THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA KICK OFF FALL HOMETOWN CONCERT SEASON NEXT WEEK WITH "TRUTH, LIES AND GOSSIP: THE MUSIC OF JELLY ROLL MORTON" / After months of touring Europe, Mayfield and NOJO have returned home to honor the first recorded Jazz musician, the father of the New Orleans style of piano, and the self-proclaimed innovator of Jazz.

NEW ORLEANS, La. (October 15, 2015) – Grammy Award-winning Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will kick off their fall season and celebrate the birthday, legacy and persona of Jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton with multiple events and concerts. The week will conclude on October 23rd and 24th with ticketed performances featuring new arrangements of Morton’s music performed by Mayfield and NOJO at their new home, the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard). The season will feature two additional, to-be-announced big band concert weekends, including a Holiday celebration.

Media opportunities will include event/performance photos and videos, onsite interviews with guests, and studio interviews with NOJO representatives and musicians. The full schedule of Morton-centric events at the Jazz Market will include:

Tuesday, October 20

3-4pm / Vinyl Roundtable Discussion celebrating Jelly Roll Morton’s 125th Birthday
Hosted by Bruce Raeburn of Tulane University’s Hogan Jazz Archive
Free & Open to the Public / RSVP to education@theNOJO.com / Complimentary Refreshments

Thursday, October 22

10-11am / PHNOJM Partnership Announcement / French Truck Coffee & Gracious Bakery / Free Coffee All Day
Hosted by Mayfield, Geoffrey Meeker, and Megan & Jay Forman
Featuring Live Jazz
Free & Open to the Public / RSVP at PHNOJM.org & Attend to Receive a Card for Complimentary Coffees

Friday, October 23

12:30pm / Kermit Ruffins’ Office Takeover / BOGO Coffee Friday / Pop-up BBQ Lunch
The PHNOJM invites the community to enjoy the live music of legend Kermit Ruffins while utilizing the Jazz Market as an alternative work and meeting space.
Free & Open to the Public / Free Wireless Internet / Buy-One-Get-One-Free French Truck Coffee

7:30pm Doors, 8pm Show / “Truth, Lies & Gossip: The Music of Jelly Roll Morton” ft. Mayfield & NOJO Tickets: PHNOJM.org / VIP Packages: Sarah Bell (sbell@thenojo.com)

10pm-Midnight / After-Party ft. NOJO’s Ashlin Parker & the Trumpet Mafia
Free & Open to the Public

Saturday, October 24

10am-4pm / Family Day / Free & Open to the Public 10am-12:30pm / Craftin’ with the Cats 12:30-1pm / Jazz Storytime 1-2pm / NOJO’s Instrument Petting Zoo 2-4pm / Pianist Jenna McSwain / Family Sing-Along

7:30pm Doors, 8pm Show / “Truth, Lies & Gossip: The Music of Jelly Roll Morton” ft. Mayfield & NOJO Tickets: PHNOJM.org / VIP Packages: Sarah Bell (sbell@thenojo.com)

10pm-Midnight / “Jelly’s Last Jam” Piano Duel
Free & Open to the Public

Related Events at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, 300 Bourbon Street

Tuesday, October 20: 8pm-Midnight / “Marshall, Morton & Monk” ft. New York saxophonist Jason Marshall
Jason Marshall, baritone saxophone, leads a group of Grammy winners & supreme New Orleans musicians through the gamut of compositions by greats Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk.
Free & Open to the Public / EFernandezSilva@Sonesta.com for Reservations

Wednesday, October 21: 8pm-Midnight / “The NOJO Jazz Jam” ft. Irvin Mayfield
Every Wednesday at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, NOJO curates and hosts the “NOJO Jam.” The October 21st Jam will focus on Jazz great Thelonious Monk and will feature Mayfield, NOJO Jam Musical Director Derek Douget, NOJO musicians and special guests.
$15 Cover / EFernandezSilva@Sonesta.com for Reservations

“We don’t take this occasion lightly,” says NOJO Artistic Director Mayfield. “We are also mindful that Jelly Roll’s personality and actions were full of contradiction. His life and work are an enduring reminder that – while not everyone can become a great artist – great artists can come from anywhere, even the parlors of Storyville.”

A theme for NOJO’s Fall 2015 Hometown Concert Season is “Jazz in Five Dimensions.” The dimensions include: (1) the performance of live Jazz; (2) the relationships formed with an audience that allow a performance to be memorable; (3) the understanding of a place and time through music; (4) the development of innovative and unique ideas; and (5) evoking feelings and memories through art.

About Jelly Roll Morton:
Jelly Roll Morton, born in 1890, developed his skills within and throughout the sporting houses, pool clubs and concert halls of turn-of-the-century New Orleans. By the end of his life, Morton established himself as the first recorded Jazz musician, the father of the New Orleans style of piano, and the self-proclaimed innovator of Jazz. One hundred years ago, Morton presented what is regarded as the first published piece of Jazz music, Jelly Roll Blues.

About the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market:
The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market was specifically crafted to be a performing arts venue and Jazz community center for the Central City neighborhood and Greater New Orleans region. The Jazz Market features music education experiences for all ages, an interactive Jazz Archive, a curated book collection, tributes to current and past Jazz Masters, and performances by Mayfield, NOJO and other renowned musicians. The Jazz Market is open to the public and features community programming every Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 4pm. The Bolden Bar in the PHNOJM is open Thursday through Saturday from 5pm until midnight and features free live music. For more information, visit www.phnojm.org.

About NOJO:
NOJO creates Jazz to enhance life, transform place and elevate spirit through the tenets of truth, love and beauty. As a performing arts organization, NOJO’s goal is to strengthen the business of Jazz through performances, tours, recordings, education, and media platforms. 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. For more information, visit www.thenojo.com.

About Irvin Mayfield:
Irvin Mayfield, 37, is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 25 albums to his credit. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Jazz Artist in Residence for the Apollo Theater; he served as Artistic Director of Jazz for the Minnesota Orchestra from 2009-2015. In 2009, he 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. 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; he served through 2014. He 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 and NOJO recently opened the first space built for Jazz in the city that created the music – The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. His latest book New Orleans Jazz Playhouse was released in April of this year and includes seven CDs of music.

About Peoples Health:
Established in 1994, Peoples Health is a Medicare Advantage organization serving over 57,000 Medicare beneficiaries in southeast Louisiana. The physician-owned company has over 950 employees who help administer and provide a unique approach to wellness, care coordination and support services for plan members. The company is a proud supporter of many social, cultural, athletic and health organizations and holds an accreditation by NCQA. Visit www.peopleshealth.com for more information.