and Uptown Jazz Orchestra
In November 2020, amid the isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic’s first year, Delfeayo Marsalis and Uptown Jazz Orchestra performed an expertly captured live concert from New Orleans that brought joy and excitement to our Up Close and Virtual viewers.
The reaction to that show was so positive that Marsalis and Uptown will be beaming back for more. In their follow-up engagement, the musicians will perform a dynamic concert of mostly original music celebrating the resilient and triumphant nature of Americans in the Deep South. From modern riffs to gospel chants, the orchestra will fire up the party with music guaranteed to make you rock, snap, and tap.
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, emphasizes groove, riff playing, and polyphonic improvisation. The big band’s concerts let the good times roll with soulful soloists who prompt audience members to cheer throughout each set.
Watch the event beginning at noon Monday, February 21. It will be available for streaming until noon Friday, February 25.
Patricia Best and Thomas Ray
support provided by
Eisenhower Auditorium Endowment
A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board helps make this program free of charge.