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Irvin Mayfield and his custom David Monette trumpet.
Irvin Mayfield and his custom David Monette trumpet. Basin Street Records
The National Endowment for the Arts will swear in New Orleans jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield as the newest member of the National Council on the Arts, the NEA announced today.
The Council, the advisory body for the Endowment whose members are appointed by the President of the United States, will induct Mayfield in a public session this Friday, Mar. 26 at 9 a.m. ET. The Council will also meet to discuss business affairs and witness presentations, including one on the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts which so incensed the jazz blogosphere last summer. Footage of the meeting will be streamed live online at arts.gov.
Certain other Council members are general performing arts personages whose agencies may occasionally present jazz; occasional jazz critic Terry Teachout will finish his term this year. But Mayfield will be the only member coming primarily from a jazz background. Like for all other appointees, his service is a six year term.
A bandleader who juggles several projects, Mayfield is an outspoken ambassador on behalf of jazz and of his native city of New Orleans. This year has already started well for him; it literally began with a rousing sextet performance for NPR Music's Toast Of The Nation broadcast (produced with American Public Media); less than a month later, his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra won a Grammy Award for Best Large Ensemble Album.
The NEA has more information about Friday's meeting available through its Web site. [National Endowment for the Arts: National Endowment for the Arts Presents Live Webcast of its 169th National Council on the Arts Meeting (press release)]
Related At NPR Music: That raucous Toast Of The Nation concert from the Irvin Mayfield sextet. And a Fresh Air interview about Mardi Gras.
P.S. What is it about New Orleans trumpeters that makes so many of them so visible in the public eye? From Buddy Bolden, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong to Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Kermit Ruffins, Christian Scott and this Mayfield character ... someone must have a good answer for me.