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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse Announce 3rd Annual MLK, Jr Jazz Awards

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel is honoring individuals within the New Orleans community for the 3rd consecutive year who exemplify the spirit of Dr. King.  This Sunday January 15th at 6 p.m., Irvin Mayfield will recognize seven community leaders by presenting them with the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Jazz Award.  The presentation will be held in the Jazz Playhouse. 

Sunday’s ceremony will recognize Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish Sheriff; William Raymond Manning, President and CEO of Manning Architects; Bill Summers, Master Percussionist; Jim Singleton, Chairman of the Dryades YMCA: Dwight Payne, Director of VIP Services for the House of Blues; Reverend Kevin Wildes, President of Loyola University; and Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The Martin Luther King Jazz Award honors individuals who have contributed to enriching their community, advancing cultural awareness through music and art, and furthering economic opportunity while adhering to the principals of non-violence.  Immediately following the awards presentation, the honorees and the public are invited to enjoy a special performance of Tyler’s Revisited featuring jazz vocalist Germaine Bazzle and pianist Paul Longstreth.   The performance begins promptly at 7 p.m.  

Audiences will feel right at home at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  The intimate jazz club is located in the heart of the French Quarter at 300 Bourbon Street.  Now, more than ever, the Playhouse is “the” destination of choice for all visitors seeking an authentic music experience in the Big Easy.  The Playhouse offers live music seven nights a week.  For more information on the Playhouse, please call (504) 553-2299 or visit
The 500-room Royal Sonesta Hotel is located in the heart of the fabulous French Quarter, just steps from world-famous restaurants, antique shops, jazz clubs and premier tourist attractions. Its atmosphere reflects a strong European influence and Southern charm. The hotel surrounds a tropical courtyard, just off an elegant marble lobby. The guestrooms offer views of the beautifully landscaped pool, secluded patios or French Quarter life. The hotel boasts over 20,000 square feet of functional meeting space as well as a brand new, luxurious Board Room equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. For hotel or restaurant reservations or more information, call your travel agent, 1-800-SONESTA, or visit their website at
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