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  • Delfeayo and 17 members of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra smile with their instruments.

Delfeayo Marsalis
and Uptown Jazz Orchestra

8:00 pm Friday, November 20, 2020

Delfeayo Marsalis—trombonist, composer, producer, and educator—and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra bring the New Orleans funk alive with selections from their latest album, Jazz Party, plus the soulful sounds of street brass bands. Streamed live from Esplanade Studios in New Orleans, the set is guaranteed to keep toes tapping, hands clapping, and fingers snapping.

Marsalis is celebrated for his “technical excellence, inventive mind, and frequent touches of humor,” observes a Los Angeles Times writer. “One of the best, most imaginative, and musical of the trombonists of his generation,” according to a San Francisco Examiner reviewer, Marsalis and his family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton, and Jason) were named National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters in 2011.

The hard-swinging Uptown Jazz Orchestra, a mainstay in New Orleans jazz clubs, is a big band that emphasizes groove, riff playing, and polyphonic improvisation. The orchestra’s concerts let the good times roll with soulful soloists who prompt audience members to cheer throughout each set.

The scheduled musicians are: 

John Gray, Mike Christie, Scott Frock, Andrew Baham, and Dr. Brice Miller

Gregory Agid, Trevarri Huff-Boone, Khari Allen Lee, Roderick Paulin, Scott Johnson, and Amari Ansari

Delfeayo Marsalis, T. J. Norris, and Terrance Taplin

David Pulphus

Herlin Riley

Kyle Roussel

Watch the live event beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, November 20. It will be available for streaming through 9 p.m. Friday, November 27.

The performance is about one hour.


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Contributions from the members of the Center for the Performing Arts and a grant from the University Park Student Fee Board help make this program free of charge.

Additional support provided by the Glenn and Nancy Gamble Endowment.

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