Nov 24 2014

Irvin Mayfield

By: Cassandra Damascus

Irvin Mayfield
A New Orleans Creole Christmas
Basin Street Records

The Grammy-nominated and Billboard Award Winning artist Irvin Mayfield's first holiday album, A New Orleans Creole Christmas, is the gift that keeps on giving. A bouncing rendition of “O Christmas Tree” kicks off the album. The song immediately exposes Mayfield’s jazz brilliance and reminds us why he is one of New Orleans most beloved natives.  Also a professor at University of New Orleans, 36-year-old Mayfield’s effervescent album features tracks that are rich and romantic. The only thing missing is hot chocolate, candy canes, and snowfall in Jackson Square. Mayfield wishes each listener to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” through songs that range from spirited to sultry.  Spread the holiday cheer with Mayfield’s festive album; it will be the perfect gift for any family or friend.  Sorry Elvis, your Christmas album will have to make room for New Orleans soul this holiday season.

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