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Jan 31, 2010

Talk of Parties, Lady Gaga Dominates Grammy Carpet


Helping lead it there Sunday was trumpeter Irvin Mayfield Jr., who accepted the Grammy for best
large jazz ensemble album on behalf of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BIG EASY SPOTLIGHT: With a football team bound for the Super Bowl and some of its
musicians taking home Grammys, the city of New Orleans and its fabled music scene is once
again moving toward center stage.

Helping lead it there Sunday was trumpeter Irvin Mayfield Jr., who accepted the Grammy for best
large jazz ensemble album on behalf of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

''First, I'd like to thank the city of New Orleans for being too great of a city to be drowned,''
Mayfield said during the non-televised portion of the awards show.

Later, speaking to reporters, Mayfield said it is important to him that his hometown isn't
forgotten.

''My father was a victim of drowning from Hurricane Katrina,'' he said. ''The question for New
Orleans is making the things count so that all the victims will not have been sacrificed in vain.''
Fellow New Orleans musician Terence Blanchard, winner of the Grammy for best improvised jazz
solo for the song ''Dancin' 4 Chicken,'' gave a shout-out to New Orleans Saints fans during his
acceptance speech.

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''I think that the Saints are the one team that's been to the Super Bowl that probably has the most
number of fans who don't want to go to the Super Bowl,'' Blanchard said. ''They want to stay
home and party in New Orleans.''

Just before the televised portion of the show began, executive producer Ken Erlich came on stage
with Green Day to recognize the band for performing with U2 at New Orleans' Superdome after
Hurricane Katrina.

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AP Entertainment writers Anthony McCartney and David Bauder contributed to this report.

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