Posted: Dec 20, 2011 2:51 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans may no longer have an NBA team with jazz in its name, but home games of the New Orleans Hornets will soon include live courtside jazz.
On Tuesday the Hornets announced a partnership with New Orleans jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and owner of two jazz clubs in the city.
A band is on tap to perform Wednesday night when the Hornets play the Memphis Grizzlies in a preseason matchup.
The official "Inspired to Play" initiative kicks off Dec. 28, when the Hornets take on the Boston Celtics.
The city acquired its first NBA franchise, the New Orleans Jazz, in 1974. The team moved to Salt Lake City five years later, and Louisiana snagged the Hornets from Charlotte, N.C., in 2002.