- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Irvin Mayfield has officially resigned as artistic director of New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

NOJO’s board of directors announced his resignation Tuesday.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/29jAFQd ) the Grammy-winning musician has been under scrutiny for the mingling of orchestra finances with money from the charity supporting the city’s library system.

NOJO’s board earlier this year agreed to repay $483,000 out of the $1.1 million steered form the library group. The balance of the money owed will be provided in in-kind services, such as fundraising concerts for the library system.

Mayfield later Tuesday released a statement explaining his resignation to WBOK Radio, where he recently started hosting a weekly show. He says he doesn’t believe he violated any law and apologized if he played a role in “creating a distraction from NOJO’s mission.”

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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