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Aug 10, 2011

Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter, Irvin Mayfield, collaborates with New Orleans Hospitality Leaders on Love Sessions – A Festival of Giving

Music series spans multiple venues to benefit 12 local charitable organizations

Irvin Mayfield, tourism representatives and hospitality leaders from Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel and Irvin Mayfield’s I Club at the JW Marriott Hotel, announced the launch of a new fund-raising initiative entitled Love Sessions: A Festival of Giving – 11 Nights of Music, 11 Nights of Giving. The concert series benefits a different non-profit organization each night. The Love Sessions begin on Friday August 19th and run through Thursday August 25th at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse with The Thriller at the Playhouse, a seven-night trumpet battle that builds on a playful, decade-old rivalry between Irvin Mayfield and local trumpet legend Kermit Ruffins. The festival continues at the new Irvin Mayfield I Club on Friday August 26th and runs through Monday August 29th with the Love Moments, a four-night musical encounter between two-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove and his New York City based band and Irvin Mayfield and his New Orleans-inspired septet. “Through Love Sessions, we are using the cultural asset of music as a means to strengthen some of the many organizations that have rebuilt New Orleans, one person and one family at a time,” explains Mayfield.

“The New Orleans hospitality industry is committed to moving our city forward. The Love Sessions provide the opportunity to salute the local entities that have been on the frontline of our city’s recovery. We are proud to be a part of this community effort for the second time,” says Al Groos, President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans. The Love Sessions was pioneered in 2009 and raised over $40,000 for local charities.

“The JW Marriott is thrilled to be a part of this musical crusade that is aiding so many in the greater New Orleans community,” said Ted Selogie, GM of the JW Marriott Hotel. Irvin Mayfield continued, “By partnering to raise funds for local organizations, these two hospitality leaders are deepening their investment in the city of New Orleans.”

Tickets for THE THRILLER AT THE PLAYHOUSE from August 19-25 featuring IRVIN MAYFIELD versus KERMIT RUFFINS, THE TRUMPET BATTLE are $22 each plus an applicable service charge and may be purchased exclusively at or by calling 888-512-SHOW (7469). Doors open at 7:30 pm with performances beginning at 8:15 pm. Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel is located at 300 Bourbon Street. For more information, visit us at and on facebook or twitter at IMJazzPlayhouse.

Tickets for LOVE MOMENTS AT THE I CLUB from August 26-29 featuring THE ROY HARGROVE BAND VS. THE IRVIN MAYFIELD BAND are $25 each plus an applicable service charge and may be purchased exclusively at or by calling 888-512-SHOW (7469). Irvin Mayfield’s I Club is located at the JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal Street (enter through Common Street). Doors open at 7:30 pm with performances beginning at 8:15 pm. For more information, call 504-527-6712 or visit Irvin Mayfield’s I Club on facebook or on twitter at TheIClubNola.

The “Love Sessions” are proudly sponsored by: The New Orleans Hornets, Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, Louis Armstrong International Airport, BP, NOMCVB, and the JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans.

All ticket sales revenue from The Love Sessions will benefit the following non-profit organizations:

Love Sessions at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon Street

Friday, August 19 New Orleans Public Library Foundation

~ The Public Library enriches the community as it celebrates and preserves the collective memory and living history of New Orleans.

Saturday, August 20 Dress For Success New Orleans

~ DFS is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and tools to help women thrive in work and life.

Sunday, August 21 LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry

~ LSUHSC Psychiatry is devoted to enriching and rebuilding the community’s mental health system for children and their families.

Monday, August 22 Dag’s House

~ Dag’s House provides housing and fitness for special needs dogs to improve their quality of life.

Tuesday August 23 Son of a Saint Sports Foundation

~ SOS is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of fatherless young males through organized sports programs, mentorship and education.

Wednesday, August 24 Unity of Greater New Orleans

~ UNITY is a nonprofit organization leading a community partnership to prevent, reduce and end homelessness.

Thursday, August 25 St. Mary’s Academy

~St. Mary’s school provides a holistic education that focuses on the spiritual, mental, physical, and aesthetic development of its students to produce well-rounded, caring and contributing members of society.

Love Sessions at Irvin Mayfield’s I Club, 614 Canal Street (Common Street Entrance)

Friday, August 26 North American Mission Board

~ NAMB is the domestic missions’ agency for the Southern Baptist Convention, which provides national coordination for disaster relief efforts to areas when the needs arise.


Jericho Road Episcopal Housing

~ Jericho Housing is a neighborhood-based non-profit homebuilder that provides families with healthy and energy-efficient affordable housing opportunities.

Saturday, August 27 Children’s Hospital

~ Children’s is a not-for-profit medical center that provides comprehensive pediatric healthcare through the continuous improvement of patient care, education research, child advocacy and management.

Sunday, August 28 New Orleans Haitian Relief Task Force

~ The Haitian Task Force brings direct relief support to Haitians affected by the earthquake of January 12, 2010 and the recent cholera outbreak.

Monday, August 29 New Orleans Jazz Orchestra – Katrina Remembrance

~ NOJO is a performing arts institution dedicated to creating and presenting authentic jazz experiences that celebrate the origin and transform the future of jazz.

About Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

Audiences will feel right at home at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The intimate club is located in the heart of the French Quarter at 300 Bourbon Street. The Jazz Playhouse features live music nightly with no cover. Now, more than ever, the Playhouse is “the” destination of choice for all visitors seeking an authentic music experience in the Big Easy. For more information call Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at (504) 553-2299 or visit

About Irvin Mayfield’s I Club at the JW Marriott Hotel

Irvin Mayfield’s I Club is an upscale, luxurious destination that delivers true New Orleans music and a sophisticated night on the town for discerning guests. Located in the former Henri restaurant, the bi-level music venue attracts a diverse mix of The Accomplished, both locals and visitors, from the worlds of business, art, politics, media, fashion, sports and celebrity. With top-tiered musical talent, fine food, exquisite beverages, and stellar service, the I Club delivers a uniquely memorable, world-class experience. For more information call Irvin Mayfield’s I Club at 504.527.6712 or visit

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