Delfeayo Marsalis (pronounced DEL-fee oh) is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor, he is one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation. In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. Born in New Orleans on July 28, 1965, Marsalis was destined to a life in music. Early influences included J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Al Grey, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Dorsey and Ellington’s trombone masters. Marsalis attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school, was classically trained at the Eastern Music Festival and Tanglewood Institute, and majored 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 was conferred a doctorate by New England College. From the age of 17 until the present, Delfeayo has produced over 100 recordings for major artists including Harry Connick, Jr, Spike Lee, Terrence Blanchard, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and his father and brothers. Marsalis is an exceptional trombonist who 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. Marsalis also created an original theatrical jazz production, “Sweet Thunder: Duke & Shak”, which toured widely in 2011. He recently served as Music Producer for the upcoming film “Bolden!”, a mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans. Delfeayo has released six CDs as a leader and has also been long involved in work as an educator. To inspire New Orleans youth through arts education, Delfeayo founded the Uptown Music Theatre in 2000. Delfeayo released “Live at Jazz Fest 2011” with The Uptown Jazz Orchestra.
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