Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra bring their New Orleans style sound to the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival at the Jazz Academy of Music’s Mardi Gras Gala on Thursday, February 16, 2016.. A trombonist, composer and writer of the highest level, Marsalis is also the brother of Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Each of the sons of Ellis has pioneered in the jazz field, and Delfeayo’s accomplishments include recognition as the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award Winner.
Delfeayo Marsalis has produced over 100 major label jazz recordings. Known for combining old school and modern concepts, Marsalis’ latest recording provides an updated octet version of Ellington/Strayhorn’s classic “Such Sweet Tunder.” The Uptown Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2008 to bring the traditional riff and blues sounds to school students in the New Orleans area. They will be performing blues and standards that combine riff-playing, spontaneous arrangements and the New Orleans 2nd-line groove, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra keeps the old school jazz traditions alive. Under the direction of trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, UJO consists of 90% Louisiana native musicians who range in experience from young students to respected veterans.
Introducing the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Uptown Jazz Orchestra at the New Orleans French Quarter Festival