Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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  • A photo collage includes an image of a man in a striped suit sitting on stool while he holds a trumpet surrounded by four group photos of a jazz orchestra’s musical sections.

Delfeayo Marsalis
and Uptown Jazz Orchestra

12:00 pm Monday, March 21, 2022

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, March 21. It will be available for streaming until noon Friday, March 25.


Patricia Best and Thomas Ray
Charlotte Zmyslo
Nancy Gamble
Nancy Wolf

support provided by
Eisenhower Auditorium Endowment

The Delfeayo Marsalis and Uptown Jazz Orchestra concert is part of the Center for the Performing Arts Fierce Urgency Festival, with a theme this season of Hope-Resist-Heal.

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board helps make this program free of charge.

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