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Delfeayo Marsalis (2012)

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Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis was born in New Orleans into a musical dynasty: his father is pianist Ellis, and on his mother's side he is related to clarinetist Alphonse Picou and bassist Wellman Braud.

After trying out bass and drums, Delfeayo began on trombone in 6th grade. He mastered the tape deck, and began recording his brother Wynton while Wynton was in high school, later producing a number of demo tapes for the family.

To date, Delfeayo has produced a hundred recordings by such as Harry Connick jr, Marcus Roberts, Spike Lee, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, and, of course, his brothers. He has not been too busy as a producer to make recordings of his own, of which as a bandleader he has half a dozen. The latest, "Sweet Thunder", is a tasty Ellington-Strayhorn project

Delfeayo has been a busy educator, and since 2000 has run the program Uptown Music Theatre in New Orleans. He's a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and in 2004 received an master's degree in jazz performance from the University of Louisville.

Along with his father, Ellis, and his brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason, Delfeayo became an NEA Jazz Master in 2011.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Ellis Marsalis Ellis Marsalis Trio Emily Blue Note
# 2 Delfeayo Marsalis Sweet Thunder Lady Mac Troubadour Jass
# 3 Branford Marsalis Bloomington Xavier's Lair Columbia
# 4 Delfeayo Marsalis Sweet Thunder Half the Fun Troubadour Jass
# 5 Branford Marsalis Trio Jeepy Three Little Words Columbia
# 6 Wynton Marsalis Black Codes From the Underground Black Codes Columbia
# 7 Igor Stravinsky Chicago Symphony, conducted by Sir George Solt Petrouchka RCA
# 8 John Coltrane Soultrane I Wanna Talk about You Prestige
# 9 Delfeayo Marsalis Sweet Thunder Circle of Fourths Troubadour Jass
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