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


NEW ORLEANS, LA - 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, announce 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 19thand run through Thursday August 25th at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse withThe 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

Saturday August 20 Dress For Success New Orleans

Sunday August 21 LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry

Monday August 22 Dag’s House

Tuesday August 23 Son of a Saint Sports Foundation

Wednesday August 24 Unity of Greater New Orleans

Thursday August 25 St. Mary’s Academy

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

Friday August 26 North American Mission Board -AND- Jericho Road Episcopal Housing

Saturday August 27 Children’s Hospital

Sunday August 28 New Orleans Haitian Relief Task Force

Monday August 29 New Orleans Jazz Orchestra – Katrina Remembrance

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