Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis

At Shakespeare & Company

By: - Feb 26, 2023

What a thrill it is to bring NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis to the Berkshires, as guest soloist with the UMass Jazz Ensemble 1. A scion of New Orleans’ fabled music family, Delfeayo Marsalis’ appearance in the March 11 concert (Shakespeare & Co., Lenox) marks the first time that he has appeared with the UMass big band.

An acclaimed trombonist, composer, and producer, Delfeayo has toured internationally with jazz legends such as Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Slide Hampton, as well as leading his own groups. His work with his family (father Ellis, brothers Wynton, Branford, and Jayson) is legendary.

Under the direction of Jeff Holmes, the UMass Jazz Ensemble 1 is considered one of the top big bands in New England. Holmes has a nationwide reputation as an outstanding leader, trumpeter, and composer, writing for many other ensembles as well as the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) program. He is a Grammy-winning pianist.

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