Irvin Mayfield has resigned as artistic director and board member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the organization said Tuesday.
“The board of directors has accepted Irvin Mayfield’s resignation as a NOJO board member and as the artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra,” NOJO said in a news release. “The board recognizes Mr. Mayfield’s accomplishments as the founder and visionary of what has become one of the great success stories for New Orleans music, the celebration of jazz, and the education of a new generation of musicians and artists.”
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A committee, led by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and arts executive producer Mikki Shepard, will support the organization in the transition period, NOJO said in the release.
Adonis Rose, who has performed with the NOJO for 14 years, will serve as music director.
NOJO president and chief executive officer Ronald Markham will continue to lead operations.
The move comes amid investigations stemming from a 2015 report by WWL-TV that uncovered more than $1 million in payments Mayfield and his business partner directed from the city library support foundation.
NOJO has agreed to repay the money. $483,000 will be paid back in payments over the next five years, according to sources, and the remainder will be paid back as in-kind contributions resultant from events like fundraising concerts. Any balance remaining after five years would have to be paid in cash.
More details to come.