Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Irvin Mayfield, right, performs at the New Orleans Public Library as part of the Turn the Page literacy campaign.

Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield used his star power to raise a lot of money for the New Orleans Public Library system after Hurricane Katrina.

But WWL-TV found that he also used it to send some of that money directly into his own pet project, and indirectly into his own pockets.

Public records show that in 2012, the library's foundation gave the city's cash-strapped public library system $116,775, a typical annual gift from the earnings off its $3.5 million endowment. But that same year, the foundation also gave $666,000 to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra for the $10 million New Orleans Jazz Market that ended up opening with fanfare in Central City just last month.

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