Jazz Winnipeg, the Park Theatre, and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: New Orleans jazz royalty Delfeayo Marsalis at the Park Theatre, October 18
Esteemed trombonist accompanied by 16-player band, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Described as "one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation" (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner), and understood to be one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today, Jazz Winnipeg announces that Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Park Theatre on Friday October 18. This show is presented in partnership with the Park Theatre and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.
"This show is going to be a celebration of New Orleans - bubbling over with life and love of music," says artistic director Michael Falk. "We're excited to bring one of the mighty Marsalis family back to Winnipeg - this new project from Delfeayo is something else, and we're glad we can bring it to Winnipeg audiences."
Juno and WCMA nominated duo Erin Propp and Larry Roy will open the show.
The Uptown Jazz Orchestra
For this show, Delfeayo brings with him the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra was formed in 2008 as a multi-generational ensemble of New Orleans' finest musicians. The group strives to preserve and present the essence of big band and jazz traditions, and bring the traditional riff and blues sounds to school students in the New Orleans area.
The group is led by Delfeayo and anchored by Dirty Dozen Brass Band founder Roger Lewis on bari sax. The orchestra performs original compositions, blues and jazz standards that combine riff-playing, spontaneity, collective improvisation, and New Orleans second line groove. Individually, the musicians of UJO have championed jazz all over the world.
The mission of UJO is to reach jazz audiences in all communities without regard to economic class, sharing the importance of music and its history. Members of the orchestra range in experience from young students attending New Orleans area universities and schools, to respected music industry veterans.
Born in New Orleans to iconic jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo continues an esteemed musical lineage with brothers Branford, Wynton, and Jason. In 2011, the Marsalis family were recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, one of the highest honours in jazz.
Majoring in both performance and audio production at Berklee College of Music, he earned a masters degree in jazz performance at the University of Louisville and received his doctorate from New England College. Showing an interest in audio recording and production at an early age, he recorded demo tapes for his brothers and schoolmates and served an internship at pianist Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint Studio. From the age of 17 until the present, he has produced over 100 recordings for major artists including Harry Connick, Jr, Spike Lee, Terence Blanchard, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and his father and brothers.
Delfeayo has toured internationally with his own groups, as well as those led by five renowned bandleaders: Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim, Slide Hampton, Max Roach, and Elvin Jones.
As a composer and arranger, Delfeayo discography is inspired and profound. His 1992 debut Pontius Pilate's Decision (1992) was inspired by biblical tales, while his 1997 release Musashi was praised by the All Music Guide for its "passionate originals… willingness to take chances and stretch himself, and the result is consistently stirring post-bop music." The Last Southern Gentlemen, released in 2014, is his first album-length collaboration with his father. The album shows New Orleans jazz royalty combine for an album of swinging playing and sociological heft.
In addition to his own body of work, he has long served as an educator. Working to inspire New Orleans youth through arts education, Delfeayo founded the Uptown Music Theatre in 2000 and has implemented its Kidstown After School program in three New Orleans grammar schools. In addition, he has reached over 5,000 students across the US with his Swinging with the Cool School soft introduction to jazz workshops.
The MusicLink Foundation
A portion of the proceeds from this performance will be donated to The MusicLink Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that matches music students in need with experienced teachers. This is made possible by a unique partnership between Delfeayo's booking agency Epstein & Company, and the MusicLink Foundation. To learn more about this initiative please visit the MusicLink website.
Presale for Jazz Winnipeg, Park Theatre, and WJO subscribers is Wednesday August 21.
Tickets go on sale Thursday August 22 at 10 AM, and are $45 in advance. Advanced student standing tickets are $25.
Purchase tickets at the Jazz Winnipeg office, or online at:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/delfeayo-marsalis-the-uptown-jazz-orchestra-tickets-65055453613?aff=JazzWpgPrimary