Mayfield’s jazz orchestra refusing to pay back public library charity (via WWLTV)

Grammy-winner Irvin Mayfield’s jazz orchestra appears to be reneging on a promise it made last May to give back the money it received from a public library charity headed by Mayfield and his business partner.

An investigation by WWL-TV exposed $1.03 million in payments from the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at a time when Mayfield and his longtime friend and business partner, Ronald Markham, were in charge of both agencies.

Public outrage was strong and swift, leading to the resignation of both Mayfield and Markham from the Library Foundation. Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the money to be returned, and within a few days, the Jazz Orchestra board, led by Audubon Institute chief executive Ron Forman, agreed to raise the money to pay it back in full.

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