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.
Edward Petersen teaches Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Digital Music Production, and directs ensembles at the University of New Orleans. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and many other major concert halls and festivals. He was named the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra “Musician of the Year 2013”.
He has played with J.J. Johnson, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan, Jay McShann, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Eddie Harris, and many others. He has recorded with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Doctor John, Kurt Elling, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Willie Pickens, Von Freeman, Fareed Haque, Jason Marsalis, Ramsey Lewis, Johnny Adams, Ruth Brown.
His playing and compositions are featured on over fifty albums and many television, radio, and motion picture soundtracks. He has recently released a CD featuring twelve of his compositions entitled “The Mission.” Mr. Petersen is an Artist/Clinician for Julius Keilwerth Saxophones. He received a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship in Music Performance in 2002 and has received Special Composers Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) fourteen times. Websites: http://www.jazz-ed.net http://www.thrascher.com
Victor “Red” Atkins’ style of piano is at once “infectious, unconventional, tasteful, and powerful.” Hailing from Selma, Alabama, he began playing with Delfeayo Marsalis in 1989 and was an integral part of the seminal work “Pontius Pilate’s Decision.”
After receiving a B.A. from Berklee College of Music in Boston and an M.F.A. from the Manhattan School of Music, Victor has toured and performed with an impressive list of artists including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Aaron Neville, Nnenna Freelon, Brian Blade, Lalah Hathaway, and Nicholas Payton.
In addition to being a part of the Jazz Studies faculty at the University of New Orleans, he still travels extensively with Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Some of his most creative work was produced during his time with the New Orleans based Los Hombres Calientes, which produced an innovative brand of Latin jazz that can be heard on their Volumes 1-5. In every musical situation, Victor improvises passages with great dexterity combined with superior creative artistry. As guitarist Mark Whitfield stated, “Red plays with a great sense of time and rhythm, a great sense of fire and energy, and a lot of soul and spirit.”
Adonis Rose has played with esteemed Grammy-winning Jazz artists including trumpet legend Wynton Marsalis, vocalist Dianne Reeves and Jazz/Pop entertainer Harry Connick, Jr. Not limited to the Jazz genre, Rose has performed with the rap group Public Enemy, soul diva Chacka Khan, and the late Gerald Levert.
Even before graduating high school, Rose refined his skills at the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts (NOCCA), jamming with the likes of Clyde Kerr, who headed the jazz program at NOCCA, as well as Nicholas Payton, winner of the 1997 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental, Solo. Rose has released five recordings as a leader and has toured and recorded with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, pianist Ellis Marsalis, and Harry Connick, Jr. He also created and played the drum arrangements for Spike Lee’s HBO documentary, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts.
Adonis has appeared on more than 50 recordings during the past decade. Shortly following hurricane Katrina, he founded “The Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra” and serves as its Artistic Director. Over the last three years, he has become a leader in jazz awareness, holding positions as Creative Director of Cadillac’s “Jazz By The Boulevard” festival and is an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Texas at Arlington. In February of 2010, Adonis Rose received a Grammy Award for his performance on the CD, “Book One” with Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Recently performing in Hawaii for President Barack Obama, he continues to play all over the world with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nnenna Freelon, and Delfeayo Marsalis, just to name a few.