THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONTINUES SPRING HOMETOWN CONCERT SEASON WITH THE MUSIC OF JAZZ AND CULTURAL ICON MILES DAVIS / After a rocking Rolling Stones Jazz tribute, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will now journey through the music of the great Miles Davis in a concert titled "50 Shades of Miles: Eroticism, Love and Heartbreak".

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THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONTINUES SPRING HOMETOWN CONCERT SEASON WITH THE MUSIC OF JAZZ AND CULTURAL ICON MILES DAVIS.

After a rocking Rolling Stones Jazz tribute, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will now journey through the music of the great Miles Davis in a concert titled “50 Shades of Miles: Eroticism, Love and Heartbreak”.

NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 22, 2016) – Grammy Award-winning musician Irvin Mayfield and 18-piece NOJO will continue their spring season with 50 Shades of Miles: Eroticism, Love and Heartbreak from Thursday, March 24th, through Saturday, March 26th. 50 Shades of Miles will be an aural journey through the sensual life and provocative music of Davis, the best-selling Jazz artist of all time.

The performances will feature original arrangements and adaptations for Jazz orchestra, as well as narration from Miles Davis himself, at NOJO’s home – the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (PHNOJM, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard).

“Miles Davis is an icon who transcends genre and medium,” said NOJO Artistic Director Mayfield. “His music possesses an undeniable style that has remained contemporary over the past seven decades. His subtle yet intentional approach will continue to entrance audiences throughout history.”

Media opportunities will include event/performance photos and videos, onsite interviews with guests, and studio interviews with NOJO representatives and musicians. The week of events at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market will include:

THURSDAY, MARCH 24
7pm-12:30am // Pop-up Chef
7:30pm Doors, 8pm Show // Irvin Mayfield & NOJO present: 50 Shades of Miles Tickets: PHNOJM.org / VIP & Group Packages: SBell@theNOJO.com
9:30pm-12:30am // After-Party ft. Glen David Andrews

FRIDAY, MARCH 25
4-7pm // BBQ Pop-up / Chef Matt Dillon & Chef Ray Boom Boom
5-8pm // Kermit Ruffins Happy Hour presents: Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers from 5:30-6:30pm
7pm-12:30am // Pop-up Chef
7:30pm Doors, 8pm Show // Irvin Mayfield & NOJO present: 50 Shades of Miles Tickets: PHNOJM.org / VIP & Group Packages: SBell@theNOJO.com
9:30pm-12:30am // After-Party ft. Bill Summers

SATURDAY, MARCH 26
10am-4pm // Jazz Market Family Day / Jazz Books + Board Games + Crafts 11am-Noon: Jazz Storytime
7pm-12:30am // Pop-up Chef
7:30pm Doors, 8pm Show // Irvin Mayfield & NOJO present: 50 Shades of Miles Tickets: PHNOJM.org / VIP & Group Packages: SBell@theNOJO.com
9:30pm-12:30am // After-Party ft. Big Sam Trio (BS3)

*Unless noted as ticketed, all listed events are free and open to the public.

Related Event at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, 300 Bourbon Street:
Wednesday, March 23, 8pm-Midnight / “The NOJO Jazz Jam” ft. Mayfield, NOJO Musicians & Special Guests ($15 Cover / CDouglas@sonesta.com for Reservations)

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 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. Visitwww.peopleshealth.com for more information.