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Jazz Fest Diary: Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse & More

Irvin Mayfield and Wendell Pierce at opening Jazz Playhouse in New Orleans
Irvin Mayfield performing with his group at 1st anniversary of his Jazz Playhouse club in New Orleans

Whether it’s pre-JazzFest anticipation or something else, New Orleans feels like it’s on an emotional upswing.

Mitch Landrieu, stepping down as Lt Governor and being sworn in as the city’s new mayor in less than two weeks, is listening to citizens and putting together his staff; Landrieu, voted in with strong support from blacks and whites alike, is one of the good guys, a vocal proponent of the arts economy.

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