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New Orleans Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield on Mardi Gras

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New Orleans Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield on Mardi Gras

New Orleans Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield on Mardi Gras

New Orleans Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield on Mardi Gras

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Irvin Mayfield performs for President George W. Bush at the White House in June 2006. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Irvin Mayfield performs for President George W. Bush at the White House in June 2006.

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Jazz trumpeter and New Orleans native Irvin Mayfield lost his father, Irvin Mayfield Sr., in the floods resulting from Hurricane Katrina. Mayfield talks about his Mardi Gras memories, and the state of his hometown today.

Mayfield was appointed to the post of cultural ambassador for New Orleans in 2003.

He performs with Los Hombres Calientes, The Irvin Mayfield Quintet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Mayfield is also an educator, composer and arranger.

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