Delfeayo Marsalis, a member of an iconic jazz family (his brother is Wynton and his father Ellis Marsalis), began studying jazz trombone at age 13 in New Orleans, attended Berklee College of Music where he studied performance and audio production, and earned a Master of Arts degree in jazz performance at the University of Louisville. He has produced over 75 major-label recordings, several of which have received Grammy awards and nominations. His production skills earned a 3M Visionary Award in 1996 and most recently he was named, along with his family, a 2011 NEA Jazz Master. A mainstay on the New Orleans modern jazz scene, he has released three solo albums to critical acclaim. His latest CD is entitled Sweet Thunder.
In addition to his active performing and recording career, Delfeayo is a dedicated educator. To introduce young people to jazz, he has served as director of the Foundation for Artistic and Musical Excellence summer program in Lawrenceville, NJ, and implemented the Kidstown After School Program in three New Orleans grammar schools last year. Delfeayo Marsalis will bring his experience and talents to Litchfield Jazz Camp in Kent, CT, this summer for a workshop with jazz campers and an evening of music and conversation with the public.
“Jazz is Cool -- A Salon with Delfeayo Marsalis” is slated for 7:30PM at Kent School’s Madison Auditorium. This event is a first-time collaboration between Litchfield Jazz Camp and Divas World Productions, a Houston- based organization with a unique brand of educational entertainment. The Salon will feature music by Mr. Marsalis and top notch musical collaborators, commentary by the artist and a relaxed talk with audience members. Performing with Delfeayo will be vocalist Marie Bosarge, bassist Jason Stewart, drummer Marion Felder, tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, alto saxophonist Mark Gross and pianist David Bryant. The Salon is open to the pubic. Tickets are only $10 thanks to the support of Divas World Productions.
Litchfield Jazz Camp was established in 1997 as a day camp for all comers – all instruments, all ages and all interested in attending, regardless of ability to pay. Now in its 14th year, the camp offers overnight stays and a month of educational and performing opportunities on the campus of Kent School. Divas World Productions, launched in 2006, is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching lives through the integration of artists, audiences, music and thought.
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