Trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator, and cultural dynamo Irvin Mayfield may include on his lengthy résumé jazz artistic director of the Minnesota Orchestra, but his heart belongs to New Orleans. Formidable Crescent City guests joining Mayfield and his quintet include iconic singer Aaron Neville, whose remarkable, fluttery vocals have been integral to New Orleans music since the '50s; master percussionist Bill Summers, who played with Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and with Mayfield co-founded the Latin saturated Los Hombres Calientes; and drummer/vibraphonist Jason Marsalis. TV journalist Soledad O'Brien will serve as host. The evening's repertoire will be largely drawn from the compilation CD accompanying Mayfield's lavishly illustrated book of the same name, a deeply personal rumination on the city and its music, featuring a striking cover portrait by famed jazz photographer Herman Leonard. The music, drawn from various Mayfield projects, runs the New Orleans gamut from Mardi Gras Indian stuff to jazz, gospel, funk, blues, the piano tradition, and raucous brass bands.
Fri., April 6, 8 p.m., 2012