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Announcing the 2012 “Love Sessions” 12 Nights of Music & 12 Nights of Giving Back

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel and Irvin Mayfield’s I Club at the JW Marriott are coming together for a great cause.  Love Sessions - A Festival of Giving unites both of Mayfield’s signature music venues for a broad-based community initiative that benefits 14 non-profit organizations.  Love Sessions runs from Saturday August 18th through Wednesday August 29th. 

The first seven nights of music is presented at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse and unites two of New Orleans’ most popular trumpeters, Grammy Award-winner Irvin Mayfield and New Orleans legend Kermit Ruffins.  The trumpet battle entitled Decision 2012, plays on a fun, decade-long rivalry between these two musicians.  On Saturday August 25th, the action moves to Irvin Mayfield’s I Club with an exciting line-up that presents five nights of music entitled Love Moments.  Three-time Grammy Award-winning American Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater joins Mayfield for a series of shows not-to-be-missed. 

“Last year the Love Sessions raised over $70,000.  This year, we’re hoping to raise the bar even higher and support 14 outstanding community organizations that service our city,” explains Irvin Mayfield.  

“We are proud to be a part of this fundraising initiative for the third year.  It’s a great opportunity to enjoy outstanding musical talent while contributing to the many worthwhile organizations that enrich our community,” says Al Groos, President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Ted Selogie, General Manager of the JW Marriott New Orleans states, “When you have an opportunity to help so many local non-profit organizations and charities, and being associated with Irvin Mayfield and Dee Dee Bridgewater on stage together, it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

DECISION 2012 ~ Trumpet Battle featuring Irvin Mayfield vs. Kermit Ruffins
Saturday August 18th – Friday August 24th
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon Street

**Proceeds from ticket sales dedicated to the following organizations**

Saturday August 18  New Orleans Public Library Foundation
~ Promotes excellent facilities, innovative services, and extensive use of educational, civic and cultural resources.

Sunday August 19  Unity of Greater New Orleans
~ Through collaborative partnerships, this organization provides housing and services to the homeless.

Monday August 20  New Orleans Haitian Relief Task Force
~ Offers direct relief and support to Haitians affected by the 2010 earthquake and recent cholera outbreaks.

Tuesday August 21  Son of a Saint Sports Foundation
~ Dedicated to enhancing the lives of fatherless young males through organized sports programs, mentorship and education.

Wednesday August 22  Dag’s House
~ Provides housing and physical fitness therapy for special needs canines aimed at improving their quality of life.

Thursday August 23  The New Orleans Chapter of Links, Inc.
~ Dedicated to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Friday August 24  The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic
~ Dedicated to keeping the music alive by sustaining New Orleans musicians and tradition bearers in body, mind, and spirit.  Provides access to quality health and social services for area musicians.

LOVE MOMENTS ~ featuring Irvin Mayfield and Dee Dee Bridgewater
Saturday August 25th – Wednesday August 29th
Irvin Mayfield’s I Club at the JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal Street

Saturday August 25  Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.)
~ Educates children and adults about the life science processes that govern our planet and inspires them to appreciate the natural world while motivating them to protect it.

Sunday August 26  NO/AIDS Task Force
~Provides hope, care and compassion to those in our community affected by HIV and Aids.

Monday August 27  Music Education Programs:
The New Orleans Jazz Institute
~ A partnership between the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the University of New Orleans that promotes excellence, performance, and scholarship.

The Roots of Music
~ Dedicated to supporting, promoting, teaching and protecting at-risk youth through music education, academic support, and mentorship, while promoting New Orleans’ musical heritage.

St. Augustine High School Marching 100
~ A training ground for leadership through academic excellence, moral values, Christian responsibility and reasonable, consistent discipline.

Tuesday August 28  DashThirtyDash, The Times-Picayune Employee Assistance Fund
~ Established to provide financial support to Times Picayune employees and contractors who have recently been laid-off.

Wednesday August 29  New Orleans Jazz Orchestra – Hurricane Katrina Remembrance
~ A performing arts institution dedicated to creating and presenting authentic jazz experiences that celebrate the origin and transform the future of jazz.

To purchase tickets for ‘DECISION 2012’ at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, visit or call 888-512-SHOW (7469).  Single tickets are $22 plus applicable service charge.  Doors open at 7:30 pm; performance begins at 8:30 pm.

To purchase tickets for ‘LOVE MOMENTS’ at Irvin Mayfield’s I Club, visit or call 888-512-SHOW (7469).  Single tickets are $25 plus applicable service charge.  Doors open at 7:30 pm; performance begins at 8:30 pm.

About Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel
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.  Voted the #1 pick in New Orleans by the Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, the Playhouse features live Jazz nightly.  Now, more than ever, the Playhouse is “the” destination of choice for all visitors seeking an authentic music experience in the Big Easy.  For more information on Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, please call (504) 553-2299 or visit
About Irvin Mayfield’s I Club at the JW Marriott Hotel
Irvin Mayfield’s I Club is an upscale, luxurious destination that delivers true New Orleans music and a sophisticated night on the town for discerning guests. Located in the former Henri restaurant, the bi-level music venue attracts a diverse mix of The Accomplished, both locals and visitors, from the worlds of business, art, politics, media, fashion, sports and celebrity. With top-tiered musical talent, fine food, exquisite beverages, and stellar service, the I Club delivers a uniquely memorable, world-class experience. For more information call Irvin Mayfield’s I Club at 504.527.6712 or visit

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