NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Irvin Mayfield officially resigned as artistic director of New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
NOJO's board of directors announced his resignation Tuesday.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported 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 said he doesn't believe he violated any law and apologized if he played a role in "creating a distraction from NOJO's mission."