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Irvin Mayfield Saga Continues

In this issue of OffBeat, we published a couple of letters we received regarding Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Library Foundation scandal, and OffBeat’s editorial response to the letters. […]

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is not about Mayfield

It’s been a little over a week since it was first brought to light that close to $900,000 was funneled to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and its project, the […]

Millage For Mayfield

You have to hand it to Irvin Mayfield: this talented musician knows how to raise money and how to influence the right people. Along with his lifelong friend, Ronald Markham, […]

Dirt, Dust and Trees Celebrates Author Ernest Gaines

Updated: 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 27 To celebrate the first public performance of Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Dirt, Dust and Trees — A Tribute to Literary […]

Treme Episode 9: Musicians Seal the Deals

Most of the musicians on Treme play themselves. Others are given small acting roles, and a very few are actually both musicians and actors playing out storylines that overlap with […]

‘Tis the Season: John Waters, Spotify and More

Listen to “An OffBeat Christmas 2011” playlist on Spotify In 2004, filmmaker/artist/writer John Waters extended his exploration of taste to Christmas music when he released A John Waters Christmas. Unfortunately, […]

Perpetuating Jazz

Had a surprise visit from Harold Battiste, Jr., who is one of my favorite people in the world. Harold is a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and entrepreneur who has been […]

Music at the Cathedral

When’s the last time you visited St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square? When I was a kid, we’d visit when we came to New Orleans, and I especially liked going […]

No Mayor Mayfield

Yesterday the Associated Press reported that trumpeter Irvin Mayfield has decided not to run for mayor of New Orleans. When we first reported that he was going to run, we […]

Happy (Late, Almost Over) Thanksgiving

Did HOB last night for the Project 2010 benefit. Music was great, but the closest thing I heard to a definitive mayoral candidacy was when Harry Shearer got up on […]