Irvin Mayfield: A Lifetime of Achievements
Before reaching the age of 25, Irvin Mayfield has already a dozen album releases. His dedication and willingness to contribute success and knowledge for both jazz and classical studies make him a popular public figure in the state of Louisiana. Also, he is a bandleader for master classes and different workshops in the University of New Orleans, University of Louisiana, Loyola University, and Chandler Jazz Festivals.
With his own band, Los Hombres Calientes, Mayfield performs with other artists on stage with a variety of genre. It includes Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdes, Moses Hogan, Terence Blanchard, and many more. Their band had won an award from Billboard for the group’s eponymous debut and became the Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year in 2000. The New Orleans Museum of Art asked him to compose a jazz music that can blend to Gordon Parks’ exhibition of works. They play his work, “Half Past Autumn”, in summer 2000 at the museum. Irvin was chosen to be the Cultural Ambassador of the City of New Orleans. His greatest achievement so far is winning the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2009.