MILKSHAKE MAYFIELD is Atlanta’s own jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist extraordinaire; a music legend. He is Atlanta's ambassador of jazz, and an Alpha Phi Alpha man (Clark Atlanta University Chapter), where he earned his BA in Music.
Among numerous other accolades and awards for his professionalism in jazz music and community outreach, Milkshake was recently awarded a Resolution from Georgia State Senator Gail Davenport. His band, The Milkshake Quintet (MSQ), was invited to perform at the 2023 Unity Jazz Concert Series at Emory University.
No matter which corner of the world Milkshake plays in, his followers recognize him by his distinctly authentic ’signature' sound, which has been heard globally. As a jazz fusion artist, he is skilled in blending polyrhythmic music in an improvised format. In contemporary music, straight-ahead jazz, bebop, funk, R&B, and pop, his audiences enjoys the diverse music. His performance style, fashion sense, and sound were highly influenced by the renowned jazz giants Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway (all of whom he had the pleasure of performing with).
Milkshake formed his quintet over 45 years ago, and to this day his sound stands out. His impressive and varied music performance portfolio has catapulted him to wide venues such as: Montreux International Jazz Festival, La Grande Parade de Jazz (Nice, France), Carnegie Hall, and the National Black Arts Festival (ATL).
Milkshake has shared the stage with: The S.O.S. Band, Bobby Byrd & The JB’s, Michael Franks, Alex Bugnon, Kevin Eubanks, Maysa, Jeff Lorber, Gladys Knight, Fred Wesley & The New JB’s, the late Freddy Cole, Rachelle Ferrell, and many others.
Milkshake garnered a cameo appearance in The Housewives of Atlanta and was a featured artist on WAGA Fox 5's Wednesday’s Child Adoption Hotline, as well as Jazz in School, which is the community outreach and workshop initiative sponsored by WCLK 91.9, Atlanta's jazz radio station. He mentors and has even given away instruments to aspiring young musicians.
Milkshake and his wife Christine, who is also a musician and vocalist, have performed on several Royal Caribbean Cruise line cruises across Europe. His jazz debut CD In My Time, was released in 2010 and he is currently working on other projects. He is also well known in his practice as a licensed apprentice in Mortuary Science.