Gold Coast Jazz Society 2023-2024 Concert Season

Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet
An Evening with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today.  He is known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor” says Leonard Feather of the Los Angeles Times.  According to Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, Marsalis 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. “I remember my dad (Ellis Marsalis) playing piano at the house, and me laying underneath the piano as a child, listening to him play. After briefly trying bass and drums, in sixth grade I gravitated towards the trombone, which was an extension of my personality. Early on my influences and inspirations included J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Al Grey, Tyree Glenn and Tommy Dorsey.” 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 the Berklee College of Music.

From the age of 17 until the present, Marsalis has produced over 100 recordings for major artists including Harry Connick, Jr, Marcus Roberts, Spike Lee, Terence Blanchard, Marcus Roberts, Adam Makowicz, Nicholas Payton, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the projects of Ellis, Branford and Wynton Marsalis.

Marsalis has also been long involved in work as an educator. He lectured in schools in 1995 on behalf of the Dallas Opera and the Bravo cable network. Marsalis served as director of the Foundation for Artistic and Musical Excellence summer program in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (1998-2002), founded the Uptown Music Theatre in 2000, and implemented its Kidstown After School in three New Orleans grammar schools in 2009. He has composed over 80 songs that help introduce kids to jazz.  Learn more about Delfeayo at


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Event Date 02-08-2023 7:45 pm
Individual Price $65.00

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