born on 28/7/1965 in New Orleans, LA, United States
Delfeayo Marsalis (/
Life and career
Marsalis was born in New Orleans, the son of Dolores (née Ferdinand) and Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr., a pianist and music professor. 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 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, 1987), and became the single sentence to define the recorded quality of many acoustic jazz recordings since the late 1980s. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and in 2004 received an 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.
- Pontius Pilate's Decision (Novus, 1992)
- Musashi (Evidence, 1996)
- Elephant Riders by Clutch (Columbia, 1998)
- Minions Dominion (Troubadour Jass, 2006)
- Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak (Troubadour Jass, 2011)
- The Last Southern Gentlemen (Troubadour Jass, 2014)
With Benny Green
- The Place To Be (Blue Note, 1994)
With Elvin Jones
- It Don't Mean a Thing (Enja, 1993)
- Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (2014)
- Sound track to The Courage of Her Convictions (Documentary about Maureen Kelleher-Activists & Artist) (2016)
- "Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.". Finding Your Roots. Season 1. March 25, 2012. PBS.
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. Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. 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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