Delfeayo Marsalis

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Delfeayo Marsalis
Delfeayo Marsalis - trombonist, composer, producer, educator and 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award recipient.
Delfeayo Marsalis - trombonist, composer, producer, educator and 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award recipient.
Background information
Birth name Delfeayo Marsalis
Born (1965-07-28) July 28, 1965 (age 48)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Jazz
Instruments Trombone
Labels Troubador Jass

Delfeayo Marsalis (/ˈdɛl f /; born July 28, 1965) is an American jazz trombonist and record producer.

Life and career[edit]

Marsalis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Dolores (née Ferdinand) and Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr., a pianist and music professor.[1] He is also grandson of Ellis Marsalis, Sr., brother of Wynton Marsalis (trumpeter), Branford Marsalis (saxophonist), and Jason Marsalis (drummer). Delfeayo has two brothers who are not musicians, thus there is not as much mention about them in the media: Ellis Marsalis III (b. 1964) is a poet, photographer and computer networking specialist based in Baltimore. Mboya Kenyatta (b. 1970) is autistic and was the primary inspiration for Delfeayo's founding of the New Orleans based Uptown Music Theatre. Formed in 2000, UMT has trained over 300 youth and staged 8 original musicals, all of which are based upon the mission of "community unity."

While a gifted trombonist, Delfeayo has recorded relatively few albums and is both more prolific and better known for his work as a producer of acoustic jazz recordings. Along with current "Tonight Show" engineer Patrick Smith, Delfeayo coined a phrase that was primarily responsible for the shift in many jazz recordings from rock and roll production to the resurgence of acoustic recording. "To obtain more wood sound from the bass, this album recorded without usage of the dreaded bass direct" first appeared on brother Branford's Renaissance (Columbia, 1986), and became the single sentence to define the recorded quality of many acoustic jazz recordings since the late '80s. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and in 2004 received a MA in jazz performance from the University of Louisville.

Marsalis, with his father and brothers, are group recipients of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Pontius Pilate's Decision (Novus, 1992)
  • Musashi (Evidence, 1996)
  • Elephant Riders (by the band Clutch, Delfeayo plays on the tracks Muchas Veces and Cracker Jack) (Columbia Records, 1998)
  • Minions’ Dominion (Troubadour Jass, 2006)
  • Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak (Troubadour Jass, 2011)

With Elvin Jones

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, PBS, March 25, 2012
  2. ^ National Endowment for the Arts (June 24, 2010). "National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters". Washington: National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved July 19, 2010. "For the first time in the program's 29-year history, in addition to four individual awards, the NEA will present a group award to the Marsalis family, New Orleans' venerable first family of jazz." 

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