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Meeting the Moment
with Michael Mwenso

and guest Delfeayo Marsalis

12:00 pm Monday, December 6, 2021

Welcome to episode ten of Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso

This recorded and edited installment of the program features jazz trombonist and bandleader Delfeayo Marsalis.

Mwenso, a Harlem-based cross-genre artist, educator, and leader of Black roots band The Shakes, partners with the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State to provide opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to engage in thought-provoking conversations that speak to the topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Marsalis—musician, composer, producer, and educator—leads Uptown Jazz Orchestra in his native New Orleans. He 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 Center for the Performing Arts presented Marsalis and his orchestra last November in a live concert from New Orleans as part of the Up Close and Virtual series.

Watch the event beginning at noon Monday, December 6. It will be available for streaming until noon Friday, December 10.


Meeting the Moment 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.