NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — As the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival returns this week after a two-year hiatus, one of its most frequent performers won’t be near a Fair Grounds stage.
Grammy-winning jazz trumpet player Irvin Mayfield remains locked up in federal prison.
Mayfield, 44, will spend Jazz Fest confined to FPC Pensacola, a minimum-security federal prison camp for male inmates near Perdido Bay in the Florida panhandle. Mayfield has called the facility home since arriving Jan. 12, 2022.
Mayfield and his music and business partner Ronald Markham each pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud in November 2020. The couple were sentenced to corresponding 18-month prison terms a year later by federal judge Jay Zainey, for a scheme in which they defrauded the New Orleans public. $1.3 million library foundation.
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A Mayfield prison official told Fox 8 he could not provide information about the musician’s disciplinary record or his enrollment in classes or programs since his arrival three months ago.
“Currently Mr. Mayfield is incarcerated at this facility. However, for confidentiality, safety or security reasons, we do not discuss the conditions of detention of any one detainee or group of detainees,” the official said.
Markham is serving his sentence at USP Pollock, a federal penitentiary for male offenders in Grant Parish, north of Alexandria. The Markham facility is once again allowing a limited number of visitors. Mayfield’s, citing COVID-19 restrictions, is not.
Mayfield and Markham each have a scheduled release date of April 21, 2023. That would be a week before Jazz Fest 2023’s scheduled first weekend, although there was no indication that Mayfield would be invited to perform.
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