Book One (World Village)

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Released June 9, 2009

Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 2010




The latest in an illustrious line of New Orleans trumpeters, Irvin Mayfield was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1977 and quickly established himself as one of the most decorated and recorded jazz musicians of his generation. His music, which draws from all aspects of New Orleans’ life and culture, reimagines New Orleans’ styles and blends them into an authentic 21st century New Orleans sound. In honoring his late father who was lost to Hurricane Katrina, Mayfield has dedicated himself to promoting the unique New Orleans jazz music heritage.

As a Basin Street Records’ artist, Mayfield has released 10 albums and has appeared on or produced dozens of other records, including two for the Half Note label. His Los Hombres Calientes albums have garnered Billboard’s Latin Music Award for Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year (“Volume One,” 2000) and a Grammy nomination (“Volume Three,” 2001). Mayfield has participated in a number of hurricane-related fundraisers and was featured at Jazz at the Lincoln Center’s 2005 Higher Ground benefit concert, where he performed “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” which was also included on a hurricane relief compilation CD distributed by Blue Note Records.

Mayfield founded the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, a non-profit organization, to inspire and preserve jazz for the world to learn and enjoy, and bring New Orleans’ music to cities through the United States. NOJO performs and presents programs that draw upon the rich musical and cultural traditions of New Orleans, and has created a permanent national performing arts and education organization to celebrate America’s native musical form in the city of its birth. With a firm commitment to music education, NOJO also offers master classes led by Mayfield and interactive jazz outreach activities for young people entitled “A Visit with Jazz.” In January 2006, Tulane University was announced as the new home of NOJO in New Orleans.

Track Listing:

1. 7th Ward Blues (Irvin Mayfield) 9:15

2. Sweet Bread on the Levee (Irvin Mayfield) Featuring: Ed Peterson 5:51

3. In Love All Over Again (Irvin Mayfield) Featuring: Johnaye Kendrick 9:58

4. Creole Thang (Irvin Mayfield) Featuring: Evan Cristopher 6:02

5. Somebody Forgot to Turn the Faucet Off (Probably Steve) (Irvin Mayfield) Featuring: Ron Westray 10:09

6. The Mistress (Madam) (Irvin Mayfield) 6:16

7. Richie Can Count (U.S. Financial Crisis) (Irvin Mayfield) Featuring: Leon Brown 8:28

8. Beat (Irvin Mayfield) 8:59

9. Move on Ahead (Irvin Mayfield) Featuring: John Boutté 8:04


Irvin Mayfield: conductor, trumpet

Ed “Sweetbread” Petersen: tenor saxophone 

Derek Douget: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone 

Aaron Fletcher: alto saxophone (2)

Norbert Stachel: baritone saxophone, flute

Mitch Butler, Ronald Westray, Terrance Taplin: trombone 

Ashlin Parker, Barney Floyd, Eric Lucero, Leon “Chocolate” Brown: trumpet 

David Pulphus: bass 

Evan Christopher: clarinet 

Adonis Rose: drums 

Victor “Red” Atkins: piano 

Recorded November 21 – 22, 2008, at Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans, LA; Warren Easton High School, New Orleans, LA

Producer, Artistic Director: Irvin Mayfield

Executive Producer: Ronald Markham

Executive Producer: Rene Goiffon


Under the artistic direction of founder Irvin Mayfield, NOJO’s BOOK ONE is a contemporary and innovative collection of original compositions influenced by New Orleans evolving jazz culture. Mayfield, a Grammy Award-nominated and Billboard Award-winning trumpeter, composed, arranged and conducted the 15-piece orchestra’s inaugural CD. Featured musicians include saxophonist Ed “Sweetbread” Peterson, clarinetist Evan Christopher, trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, and vocalist Johnaye Kendrick and John Boutte. “Everything in Jazz comes back to New Orleans and we are honored that the Grammy Academy is spotlighting the Jazz renaissance in New Orleans,” states Mayfield.
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, founded in 2002 by the 31-year old Mayfield, tours and performs at premiere venues and performing art centers across the country. Mayfield, who will be performing live on NPR’s Toast of the Nation on New Years Eve, from the Dakota Jazz club in Minnesota, is currently composing the Elysian Fields Commission, an orchestral work commissioned by the University of New Orleans. It will premiere at commencement in the spring of 2010 and on the Champs Elysees in France. NOJO is also planning the Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestras’ Road To Carnegie Hall Tour that includes a stop at the Playboy Jazz Festival in the summer of 2010. “BOOK ONE confirms that large jazz ensembles can create original music that appeals to existing and new audiences.” said Ronald Markham, NOJO’s president and CEO. Mayfield, who serves as the Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana, is also a professor at the University of New Orleans’ College of Liberal Arts where he teaches New Orleans As Discourse. He was also appointed artistic director of jazz for the internationally acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra in 2008.”The nominations this year truly reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence in their respective fields,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
As a non-profit organization, NOJO fortifies the jazz industry through performances, education, media platforms and economic development. Towards this end, NOJO founded the New Orleans Jazz Institute at the University of New Orleans where it operates a Saturday Music School for elementary school students. NOJO also partners with the Royal Sonesta Hotel where it launched the Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, a branded entertainment venue that employs over 50 Jazz musicians weekly. Other partners include Tulane University and the World Village label, a subsidiary of Harmonia Mundi. The critically-acclaimed BOOK ONE, which originated as a commission for the Episcopal Church, “moves from swinging to strutting just as naturally as New Orleans does.” according to the Louisiana Weekly. BOOK ONE’s improvisational moments explore post- Katrina stagnation, the ongoing financial crisis and the resilient jazz culture of New Orleans. Songs include “7th Ward Blues” which pays homage to the Creole neighborhood that gave birth to Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet. “Sweet Bread on the Levee,” features Ed Petersen, who unleashes an unbridled, free-movement that is filled with intrigue and soul. “In Love All Over Again,” is a lush, sexy musical interlude that features Johnaye Kendrick, a recent graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Written by Mayfield, the song reflects an experience that led him to fall in love with music – and New Orleans – all over again. “Creole Thang” features rising clarinetist Evan Christopher. “Somebody Forgot to Turn the Faucet Off (probably Steve)” features the slide Trombone of Ron Westray, whose urgent sounds are a metaphor on the failed levees in New Orleans. “Mistress” is a gritty and emotional tune that explores “that woman” who understands sex and adventure. “Richie Can Count,” features Leon “Kid Chocolate” singing and scatting in an amusing exploration of numbers and bailouts. The tune takes its name from Mayfield’s 4-year-old son’s ability to string together numbers and is inspired by today’s financial turbulence. “Beat” is inspired by the Cuban big bands and illustrates the connection between Havana and New Orleans. “Move On Ahead,” which features vocalist John Boutte, is a rhythmic foray into the echoes of 1960s New Orleans R&B. 

Laura Tennyson (Lura Belle Productions)