DELFEAYO MARSALIS

AND THE

UPTOWN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

April 14, 2022 | 7:30 PM

SCMC will require proof of fully-vaccinated status, or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours, for anyone age 12 or older to attend a concert at our venue. In areas with substantial and high transmission, the CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially the Delta variant, and to protect others. To that end, SCMC is requiring all attendees—regardless of age or vaccination status—to wear a mask while in the building. Attendees will need to bring photo ID and proof of vaccination, or a negative test, the night of a concert.

All staff, volunteers and artists entering the venue are required to be fully vaccinated as well. This policy is in line with many other venues, presenters, promoters and artists and is meant to ensure, as best we can, that live music returns to the stage this season.

If you have tickets to an upcoming performance and are unwilling or unable to abide by this policy please contact our box office at least 48 hours before the performance for a refund at kelly@scmc-online.org.

Over the course of his prolific music career, acclaimed trombonist, composer and producer Delfeayo Marsalis has been praised for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor,” and heralded as hailed as one of “the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” Marsalis’ commitment to the idea optimism and progressive musical thought can — and, in fact, should — coexist in modern New Orleans jazz is a conceptual cornerstone for both the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and their latest cd, Jazz Party. Uptown Jazz Orchestra performances are always a big party, opening and closing performances with second line numbers and often engaging audiences by encouraging their participation in the music. Marsalis, an NEA Jazz Master, has shared the bandstand with jazz legends Art Blakey, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, as well as pop icons Fats Domino, Ray Charles and George Clinton. Jeff Simon of the Buffalo News observed, ” Delfeayo is, in many ways, the most fun of the Marsalises. He’s the family trombonist. And record producer. And he seems to be the family wise guy too! 

The latest Uptown Jazz Orchestra cd, Jazz Party, pays tribute to the soulful and funky sounds of celebration in music, with a jazz sensibility. It is the musical extension of their 2016 studio recording debut, Make America Great Again! Socially conscious, yet playful, the record uses the orchestra’s agile stylistic fluidity to fuse its hometown sound and musical history with songs associated with American patriotism to create a sound that reflects the United States today — a place Wendell Pierce calls in the title track, “a melting pot of diversity fighting a juggernaut of adversity.”

The Uptown Jazz Orchestra is stretching the boundaries of what is expected from big bands, playing with an extraordinary sense of joy and fun that could only be from New Orleans. Their repertoire consists of material that spans the 100+ years of American music with a contemporary flare. With influences from Louis Armstrong to Count Basie, James Brown to J Cole, Marsalis and Uptown Jazz Orchestra plays music that helps free the mind, warm the heart, and heal the soul.