NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich, will bring the flavor of New Orleans to central New York on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m., when Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra All Stars perform “Home for the Holidays.”
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Inc., was incorporated in December 2002 by founder and artistic director, Irvin Mayfield, the Grammy nominated, Billboard Award winning trumpeter and composer and the officially appointed Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) is a spirited, swinging, band steeped in the tradition of New Orleans jazz, blues, swing and spirituals. NOJO performs and presents educational programs that draw upon the rich musical and cultural traditions of New Orleans and is the premier major performing and presenting jazz institution based in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Under the leadership of Irvin Mayfield, NOJO has created a permanent national performing arts and education organization to celebrate America's native musical form in the city of its birth. As a touring ensemble, NOJO is regularly presented at the country's most prestigious venues, with performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Seattle's Benaroya Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, UCLA's Royce Hall, SFJAZZ at The Palace, and Miami and Orange County's new Performing Arts Centers. In 2007-2008, NOJO will make its debut performances in the Orchestra Halls of Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota, as well as Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, UC Davis’ Mondavi Center, the University of IL-Krannert Center and Omaha’s new Holland Performing Arts Center.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, NOJO has become a cultural beacon for a troubled city steeped in rich cultural traditions. In addition, Tulane University announced in January 2006 that it would serve as the new home of NOJO in New Orleans.