NEW ORLEANS, La. -- A new resource center for musicians and anyone interested in jazz broke ground in Central City Tuesday, and Irvin Mayfield, along with city leaders were on hand for the event.
The group gathered Tuesday morning to set a new tune to Central City, as this is part of a larger effort to redevelop the area.
The New Orleans Jazz Market will be housed at the intersection of Oretha Castle Haley and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards, in the former Gator$ Department Store building.
New Orleans musician, Irvin Mayfield calls this one of the biggest accomplishments of his career.
The goal of the new center is to provide an educational resource center for inspiring musicians as well as a way to honor jazz greats.
Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell says this development is an effort to revitalize Central City and bring music back to the area.
Mayfield says this event is also a step in the right direction for the city's music culture.
“This neighborhood was a great area for black businesses and Jewish merchants. That was back in a time when business was all local. It is amazing to return to a time when everything is local," said Mayfield.
The New Orleans Jazz Market is set to open in 2015.