Irvin's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New Orleans, LA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

IRVIN MAYFIELD

Jazz Trumpeter/Founder
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

“That's why your passion is so important—that's one thing that no one else can do that you can do because you love it more than anyone else.”

INTERESTS:

Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Confidence Culture Dedication Determination Education Family Focus Individualism Money & Financial Security Passion Planning Pressure Simplicity Success Fulfillment

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

advice, degree, disappointment, drive, grammy, Grammy nomination, lawyer, Miles Davis, mom, quality, sacrifice

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says that playing trumpet growing up didn’t always make him the most popular person; people had their doubts.
  • He had a passion, could listen to and play trumpet all day everyday, so he didn’t care about financial success, the feelings of his peers.
  • Says success is all relative; if he set a goal to make $400 one month and he made $500, he was on top of the world.
  • Parts of his family wanted him to have a tangible career, a degree, rather than pursuing his dream.
  • Father had taught him to play the trumpet, but was disappointed when he dropped out of college.
  • In 2009, he won a Grammy and was appointed to the National Endowment of the Arts by President Obama.
  • Once he had a Grammy, got his own apartment, his family started to come around to his choices.
  • Lives by a saying his mother taught him: “Blessed is he who gets paid for what he would do for free.”

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