SANBORNTON — Jazz trombonist, bandleader, composer, arranger and producer Delfeayo Marsalis will take the stage at Sant Bani School's Studio Theater Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Known for his "technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor..." (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), Marsalis is "...one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation." (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) In 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nationʼs highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.
Marsalis has produced over 100 recordings for major artists including Harry Connick, Jr, Marcus Roberts, Spike Lee, Terence Blanchard, Adam Makowicz, Nicholas Payton, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the projects of Ellis, Branford and Wynton Marsalis.
For this performance Marsalis will lead a quintet consisting of fellow New Orleanian Raymond Weber, Jr. on drums; along with some familiar names from the New Hampshire jazz scene: Jonathan Lorentz on tenor saxophone, Nate Therrien on bass, and Sant Bani School Performing Arts Department Chair Craig Jaster on piano.
Jaster, who organized the event, says this is the first jazz concert open to the public at Sant Bani, which is well known for its commitment to arts education and to an outstanding and long-running chamber music series. "Some years ago, Michael Cogswell, Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, NY, came up and gave an outstanding lecture on Armstrong, which was extremely well received by the public. In fact, one enthusiastic audience member piped up that he would contribute if we would hold a jazz concert at the school. That enthusiasm was the spirit that got this started, and now a number of generous local underwriters, including White Park Dental PLLC of Concord and Eurasian Auto Works Ltd of Tilton have stepped forward to make it possible for our students and the community to hear--up close in an intimate venue--some jazz they are not going to forget."
Jaster, who has played with Marsalis on several past New Hampshire appearances, says, "not only is Delfeayo one of the finest trombone players out there; he is also a great entertainer who I guarantee will bring some New Orleans charm and humor, and plenty of warmth–and heat–to the bandstand, and if you ask me, we could use a little of that heat up here right about now!"
Marsalis will be giving a performance for the students in the morning before returning to the stage for the 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $15, free to students 18 and under, and may be purchased in advance by calling the School at 603-934-4240 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.