NOLA Jazz Royalty
Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the most in-demand trombonists and freshest voices in the jazz world. A New Orleans native and part of the NEA Jazz Master-awarded Marsalis family (which includes father Ellis and brothers Wynton, Branford, and Jason), Delfeayo is also an inveterate spokesman for traditional jazz and jazz education.
Marsalis has toured internationally with Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton and Max Roach, as well as leading his own groups. In 2005 Marsalis released a tribute to legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones entitled “Minions Dominion.” He followed that up with a reworking of the classic Ellington suite “Sweet Thunder,” which was inspired by Shakespearean themes and characters. Originally scored for 15 pieces, Marsalis has reorchestrated the suite for octet, increasing the dramatic impact of the piece and relying on his ensemble’s collective strengths.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“One of the best, most imaginative and musical trombonists of his generation.” -San Francisco Examiner
“…Delfeayo is charming, hip, and his trombone solo has sweep. You can hear in it a generation or two of New Orleans street musicians.” -Hollywood Reporter
“Delfeayo Marsalis proves talent runs deep in his family” -Kansas City Star